In 2009, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to United States President Obama for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people". He has been generous and noble not only to his nation but to the people around the world like a big [i]giving tree.[/i] We aimed such Presidential Center that would stand as a home of the nation.
Between the two potential sites, we selected Washington Park. The initial idea started connecting the lots with one structure that would bring out harmony.
The structure is drawn over the city grid including Washington Park on the east and Garfield Station on the west. The site expands to accommodate public use such as parks and outdoor events.
We develop the site focusing on Garfield station as a transportation hub for southern suburbs. The facility is integrated to the subway and bus stations to provide easy transportation access and to prevent traffic congestion or conflicts.
The structure is modified by reflecting the unique terrain, which gives rooftop garden a great view to the City. The main lobby is located on the rooftop, where indoor and outdoor spaces are continuously connected, whereas zoning and circulation is established by spatial units.
Large-scaled facilities have a tendency of creating artificial or enclosed spaces, but since the rooftop garden allows continuous spaces, open and cozy sense of space can be achieved.
A Presidential Center as a platform to unite the people and give opportunities, while sensing the harmony of nature surroundings.