Obama Presidential Center Renderings
The Sky Room
Once visitors have completed their way through the Museum, most will visit the Sky Room on the top level of the Museum. The Sky Room will offer visitors a space to reflect on the journey they’ve just taken, with extraordinary panoramic views of Jackson Park and the South Side, Lake Michigan to the East and the skyscrapers of downtown Chicago to the North.
The Obama Presidential Center viewed from Stony Island Avenue.
The OPC is designed as an open campus integrated into Jackson Park, in the community the Obamas called home. In the concept model, above, the OPC campus is viewed from the southeast. The Lawn slopes gently up and over the Forum and Library Buildings, integrating these buildings into the parkscape while simultaneously creating new, accessible rooftop gardens and terraces which afford views of the Lagoon, Plaza and surrounding neighborhood. The OPC’s planned Athletic Center is seen at the bottom left of this image, also covered by a green roof. Download the high resolution image and credit The Obama Foundation.
The OPC from the South West, showing how the Museum Building, Forum Building, and Library Building will surround a public plaza. The Center is oriented to the neighborhood just west across Stony Island Avenue and extends a welcome to the community, inviting all to come learn, exchange ideas and stories, and play. Right click to save link as a high resolution image. Credit The Obama Foundation.
The Obama Presidential Center concept model, as seen from above and the North West. As visitors ascend through the museum, they will be treated to expansive views to the north through an enormous “window,” which will also allow passersby on foot, bike, car, bus or train to look into the OPC and sense the vitality and lift of this important institution. The top floor of the Museum Building will house a public space for observation and contemplation, providing community members and visitors with views of Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance, the neighborhood, Lake Michigan, and downtown Chicago. The Forum and Library Buildings will connect to the Museum Building below-grade, but only rise one story above grade and be covered with usable parkland. The Museum Building is meant to represent hope, ascension and what ordinary people have the power to do together. It is designed to be a new landmark for the South Side and an important civic place for the City of Chicago. Right click to save link as a high resolution image. Credit The Obama Foundation.
Seen here looking out from the planned museum, the three main OPC buildings will form a new public plaza that will serve as another gateway or entry point for the community into the park. The plaza will act as a ”town square” for the local community; a place for both informal gatherings and for programmed public events that will add to the neighborhood and park experience.The Forum and Library Buildings, both only one above-grade story in height, will be covered by the rolling park and be completely accessible. Right click to save link as a high resolution image. Credit The Obama Foundation.
The campus will include a lush and diverse landscape with new walking and bike paths and connect what are currently separated parts of Jackson Park. By creating a more cohesive park, there will be new and expanded opportunities for children to play, and friends and family to gather. The campus is designed to enable people to flow through and around the buildings and maintain connections to the park and park features, including the Lagoon and Lake Michigan. Right click to save link as a high resolution image. Credit The Obama Foundation.
Different people currently use the park for different experiences – from recreational to contemplative. A campus for all seasons, the OPC is designed to create a welcoming and engaging space for children and young adults that allows them to play, learn, and be inspired. Our design will enable a wide range of recreational and passive activities in Jackson Park, supplementing the existing offerings, including a Great Lawn that doubles as a sledding hill. Right click to save link as a high resolution image. Credit The Obama Foundation.
Rendering of the OPC as viewed from the South. While the Forum and Library Buildings, and Athletic Center (not shown), have all been designed to blend into the parkscape, the Museum Building is envisioned as a symbol of hope, inspiration, what ordinary people have the power to do together, and to mark the OPC as an important civic meeting place. The rendering also shows how the proposed conversion of Cornell Drive from a busy vehicular roadway to parkland will connect the OPC, Lagoon and Museum of Science & Industry into a new “museum campus” that will allow the community and visitors to safely connect between these important cultural amenities via a new network of landscaped trails, walkways and bike paths.” Right click to save link as a high resolution image. Credit Image by DBOX.