Shurui Wu

Shurui Wu

Ann Arbor, MI, US


Barack Obama Presidential Library

In the United States, the presidential library system is a nationwide network of 13 libraries administered by the Office of Presidential Libraries, which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). These are repositories for preserving and making available the papers, records, collections and other historical materials of every President of the United States since Herbert Hoover. The Obama presidential library will be located in Jackson park, where multiple cultural buildings and sports parks are nearby.

The concept of the presidential library is the combination of running tracks and library, the new complex becomes a dynamic building with users and shelves constantly moving. The idea comes from the research of President Obama's personal interest in sports, as well as he and his wife's advocacy of fitness (LET'S MOVE program) during his presidency. In addition, the idea to bring running tracks into the building is an important move to keep the exisiting standard running tracks on the site, and change the football court into a multi-program culture center for the community.

These new running tracks are 3-dimensional geometries and their heights and widths vary. Runways work as traffic and wayfinding system which connects different main space. This complex includes archive, museum, community library, replica of the oval office and a outdoor auditorium. The goal of the building is to build a landmark which can both attract tourists by celebrity and serve local residence with its multiple programs.

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Status: School Project
Location: Chicago, IL, US