Obama Library
Chicago, Kansas

Program: Obama Library

In the United States, a presidential library is not just a library in the modern sense of the word, but rather a selection of preserved and accessible archives that have been collected under the mandate of a particular president. The Obama Library located in Chicago wants to change this programming to provide a new building in the city, in the neighborhood in which it is established (the South Side). In this sense, the initial intention of the presidential library is retained but is enriched as well. It becomes a neighborhood library working in conjunction with the University of Chicago. The library is also made up of a museum focusing on the presidency of Obama, as well as a hall with a café and an open amphitheater. The monumentality of the building was designed to be a symbol in the city with its openness to all young people, creation of new jobs, and a central gathering point for the neighborhood.

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