Image by DBOX for The Obama Foundation, Architecture: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Image by DBOX for The Obama Foundation, Architecture: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Obama Presidential Center  /  Chicago, Illinois

Design director for exhibitions at Ralph Appelbaum Associates

 

 

 

The Obama Presidential Center represents a historic opportunity to build a world-class museum and public gathering space that celebrates our nation’s first African American President and First Lady, steps away from where he began his career, where she was raised, and where—together—they made their home. The Museum will serve as a historic landmark in Jackson Park, welcoming visitors to South Side and the Center. Its lower floors will house exhibitions that tell the Obamas’ story within the context of history: civil rights history, African-American history, the history of Chicago, and United States history. The rest of the building will be filled with other public spaces, including a top floor, free and open to the public, that will feature a reflective observation space with spectacular views of Lake Michigan and Jackson Park. By celebrating President and Mrs. Obama’s legacy, the Center’s Museum will remind young visitors—whether they’re from the South Side or the Southern Hemisphere—that their potential is limitless.

See the full press release on the Obama Foundation's website

Video: Obama Foundation

Model: Tod William Billie Tsien Architects

Model: Tod William Billie Tsien Architects

Photo: Pete Souza

Photo: Pete Souza