The Barack Obama Foundation announced the selection Thursday of renowned husband-and-wife architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien to design the Obama presidential library and museum in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune write. Their New York team will collaborate with Chicago-based Interactive Design Architects on the $500 million project after beating out six other blue-chip firms on a shortlist unveiled late last year.
Ms. Tsien and Mr. Williams’ portfolio includes several prominent recent cultural projects, including the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago and the Barnes Foundation art museum in downtown Philadelphia. Obama Foundation officials said the selection reflects their understanding of the president and first lady’s desire that the Obama Presidential Center connect with the neighborhoods around it and feature strong interactive components.
The center will be located in either Washington Park or Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side. The foundation will begin raising money for the project in earnest after the president leaves office in January.