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Collective-LOK To Design the Van Alen Institute's New Space


The Van Alen Institute, which turns 120 years old next year, is shifting its focus to research and urban programs, and the non-profit wanted a new space to reflect its new goals. They launched the Ground/Work competition in May to remake their storefront and ground floor space at 30 West 22nd Street, and more than 120 groups of young designers submitted proposals. Collective-LOK?a collaboration between Jon Lott (PARA-Project), William O'Brien Jr. (WOJR), and Michael Kubo (over,under)?came out on top. The flexible design calls for a street-level space that incorporates a variety of screens and materials to create an multi-function gallery that can adapt for a range of activities and events, like exhibits, lectures, movie screenings, small classes, research groups, and private meetings.

Over the next four months, Collective-LOK will finalize the design, and construction of the new space will begin this winter. The design encompasses the entire ground floor, not just the storefront where LOT-EK's bright yellow stair installation functioned as Van Alen Books. The new space will be permanent, and it should open by spring 2014.
· Van Alen Institute Announces Ground/Work Competition Winner [official press release]
· Van Alen Institute Reveals Three Finalists for New Storefront [Curbed]
· Ground/Work competition [official]
· Van Alen Institute [official]
· Van Alen Institute coverage [Curbed]