St. Louis Gateway Arch Design Competition Down to Nine Teams


The St. Louis Gateway Arch Design competition organizers announced that nine teams will participate in the second stage of the competition. Some 49 teams initially submitted proposals. The goal of the competition is to create a park at the base of the Gateway Arch that will be viewed as iconic as the Arch itself. The winning site design must “honor its immediate surroundings and weaving connections and transitions from the city and the Arch grounds to the Mississippi River, including the east bank in Illinois” (see earlier post).

The nine teams moving to the “semi-finals” include: 

  • Behnisch Architekten, Gehl Architects, Stephen Stimson Associates, Buro Happold, Transsolar, Applied Ecological Services, Limno Tech, Herbert Dreiseitl, Arne Quinze, Peter MacKeith, Eric Mumford
  • FIT (Fully Integrated Thinking) Team – Cecil Balmond-ArupAGU, Doug Aitken Studio, HOK Planning Group, HOK
  • Michael Maltzan Architecture, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Rafael Lozano Hemmer, Richard Sommer, Buro Happold
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Steven Holl Architects, Greenberg Consultants, Uhlir Consulting, HR&A Advisors, Guy Nordenson and Associates, Arup, LimnoTech, Ann Hamilton Studio, James Carpenter Design Associates, Elizabeth K. Meyer, Project Projects
  • PWP Landscape Architecture, Foster + Partners, Civitas, Ned Kahn, Buro Happold
  • Quennell Rothschild and Partners and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Vishkan Chakrabarti, Buro Happold, Atelier Ten, and Nicholas Baume
  • Rogers Marvel Architects and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Urban Strategies, Local Projects, Arup
  • SOM, BIG, Hargreaves Associates, Jaume Plensa, URS
  • Weiss/Manfredi, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Mark Dion

According to the competition organizers, stage two involves the development of complete teams capable of executing the project, submission of paperwork, and a jury interview. This stage will narrow the field to four or five finalists.

Stage three, conducted over the summer, will include a 90-day design concept competition “to explore the finalists’ design approach and test their working methodology.” 

The new design is a requirement of the National Park Service’s General Management Plan, which was developed with extensive public input over an 18‐month period and approved in November of last year. The competition is sponsored by the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, which includes National Park Superintendent Tom Bradley, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, community leaders from Missouri and Illinois, academics, architects and national park advocates. Financial contributions to the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation are being coordinated by the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation, a public charity with more than $140 million in charitable assets.

Learn more at the competition Web site.

Image credit: Bustler

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