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...celebrating and cultivating 'change' in Chicago's South Side

Obama Presidential Center


Project summary


Envisioned as a living, working vehicle for the unique American vision of President Barack Obama, the Obama Presidential Center will be placed at the heart of the neighborhood where he made his home – Chicago’s South Side. There it will be a cultural, economic, and inspirational spark to the area and, as President Obama says, a way to give back to their local community.


Working with community leaders and local institutions such as the Museum of Science and Industry, the University of Chicago, DuSable Museum and the City of Chicago, Obama has engaged leading New York architects Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners, Interactive Design Architects, and Michael Van Valkenberg Landscape Architects to design the center. To include a library, museum, archive, classrooms, labs, exhibition spaces, and the Barack Obama Foundation headquarters, the building will form the core of a campus in Jackson Park on the edge of Lake Michigan inviting visitors to explore park, lake, and center. The landscaped campus will include athletic fields, community gardens and a ‘green roof’ sloping down to the existing West Lagoon.


Charcoalblue’s scope includes performance and studio space planning, technical infrastructure, and campus-wide programming advice including a variety of indoor and outdoor public spaces.