MOS and Workshop-HI proposal for a Barack Obama Presidential Center in Hawaii. Hawaii is competing with bids from Chicago, Illinois. and New York to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library. Hawaii teams selected are Allied Works Architecture, Snohetta/WCIT Architecture and MOS/Workshop-HI.
The proposed center celebrates the diversity of Hawaii's natural environment by expanding the adjacent Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park into a campus of interconnected pavilion structures, publicly accessible courtyards, a ramped landscape podium, and a large park-like roof structure composed of community and public gardens. Walking across the roof, locals and visitors explore a wild landscape of native and endangered species on the mauka side, or circulate through a series of gardens and seated areas on the makai side viewing panorama that includes Diamond Head, the Pacific Ocean, and Downtown Honolulu. The building, through its design, aims to be as public and open as possible, to nature and to the community.