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Architects tapped for Obama Presidential Library

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects will design the Chicago structure

July 02, 2016 12:00PM

Obama and the Chicago skyline

Obama and the Chicago skyline

Following a multi-year search, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBSA) has won the competition to design the Obama Presidential Library.

The selection was announced by the Obama Foundation, which reviewed 140 entries from around the world, according to Curbed.

TWBSA “stood out in their commitment to explore the best ways of creating an innovative center for action that inspires communities and individuals to take on our biggest challenges,” the foundation said.

Interactive Design Architects (IDEA), a Chicago-based firm, will partner with TWBSA on the project.

Williams and Tsien are known for the Cranbrook Natatorium on the campus of the Michigan arts college, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and the American Museum of Folk Art in New York City, which was sadly demolished in 2014 to make way for a new MoMA expansion.

The $500 million library is expected to open by 2021. [Curbed]Christopher Cameron