When construction began on the White House on October 13, 1792, no one could have envisioned we'd have the historic race of 2008. A lot has changed since the late 1790s, and the Storefront for Art & Architecture decided to hold the White House Redux competition to solicit ideas: a new White House for a new president. With the exhibition opening tomorrow night at their downtown Manhattan location, it's time to see for ourselves if the star-studded jury made the right call for the future of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. All the scary futuristic pics come after the jump.Grant Gibson and the team at Chris-Annmarie Spencer snagged a tie for the third place jury prize, and they're a thousand votes ahead in the ongoing popular vote (it closes Nov. 2) with an entry that proclaims, "Ornament cannot be seen as a tectonic or material expression." How this justifies placing a new White House directly on top of the existing one, we're not sure, but we admire their bravery in creating "environmental moods and experiences":
Wayne Congar tied Gibson's team for the third place jury prize with White House 2.0. He views the White House as a computer processing an infinite flow of feedback from the populace at large. Good luck to all the candidates in the popular vote: the prize for winning it currently sits at $86.40.
Pieterjan Ginckels' team scored an honorable mention with White House Paradise:
In second place was the team of David Iseri, Jefferson Frost, Justin Kruse, and Laura Sperry for 12 Cautionary Tales for a New World Order. An homage to the Italian architecture firms of the 1960s Superstudio, this project focuses on testing the possibilities:
Roger Connah and J.P. Maruszczak's Revenge of the Lawn series (see top image) took the jury prize. We can't describe what exactly it entails or even what dimension it occurs in, so we'll leave it to him:
In these fantasies and love stories, these relationships and lost histories from Kabul, Little Rock, Tacoma and Peshawar demonstrate an architecture of wit, humanity and originality not previous achieved since writer imagined an architecture of iDeath. Luminous, spellbeind environment of those inhabitations of White Welling who live so close to iDeath and must know the sun not only shines a different color, ech day, but the world needs constants [sic] to renew its own meaning.
The accompanying video presentation frightens me deeply:
Whatever interpretive meaning you take out of Revenge of the Lawn, co-creator Roger Connah reveals where the inspiration comes from:
“Based on the script, the building that comes out of it tomorrow would be different from what comes out of it 20 years from now." [Connah] adds that he doubts that “the White House is looking for a new White House. But if situations get more dangerous, it’s very possible a White House on the lawn will be more vulnerable in the future.” Although he admitted the script "sounds like a science fiction novel," Connah said, he added sci-fi can influence architecture.
You can purchase a gorgeous paperback of all the entries for just $39, and we present a gallery of a few of our favorite submissions below.
White House Redux Opening, October 2 at 7 p.m. [The Storefront for Art and Architecture]