The State of Hawaiʻi has set aside extraordinary real estate for the Obama Presidential Center. An oasis at the heart of the city, the property unites greenery, surf, and urban vitality. To activate the imagination and explore the full potential of the site, we commissioned three conceptual designs. These architectural renderings are not meant to be prescriptive. Rather, these concepts are distinct expressions of what is possible on a site with magnificent views from mauka to makai.
The architects who will ultimately design the OPC will be selected in a separate process that the Barack Obama Foundation initiates and supervises. It is our hope that the President and First Lady will select the design and construction teams here in Hawaiʻi.
DESIGN TEAMS / For this exercise, three design teams were selected, each composed of architects from a national firm and a Hawaiʻi-based firm, thereby leveraging their diverse strengths and perspectives: (1) Allied Works Architecture; (2) Snohetta/WCIT Architecture; and (3) MOS/Workshop-HI. Ferraro Choi detailed the strucuture’s Living Building Challenge potential. All of the designers worked with common purpose to conceptualize an action-oriented presidential center—one rooted in place and history yet globally inclined and future-oriented.