Because It Isn’t Enough Just to Change the Person Who Lives In There; Let’s Redesign the White House!


If Decision ’08 has already got you down, why not work out your angst by affecting political change on a very different level…architecturally. That’s right, register your very own presidential hopeful by redesigning the White House! White House Redux is a new competition announced by the Storefront for Art & Architecture and Control Group. And according to the Call for Ideas, this job might be a bit bigger than you think:

Few people realize the extent of the White House, since much of it is below ground or otherwise concealed by landscaping. The White House includes: Six stories and 55,000 square feet of floor space, 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms, 412 doors, 147 windows, twenty-eight fireplaces, eight staircases, three elevators, five full-time chefs, a tennis court, a bowling alley, a movie theater, a jogging track, a swimming pool, and a putting green. It receives about 5,000 visitors a day.

Entries will be judged by Beatriz Colomina, Stefano Boeri, Liz Diller, John Maeda, Geoff Manaugh, Mark Wigley, and Laetitia Wolff. The best ideas (that includes designs, descriptions, images, and videos–we want to see some videos!) will be featured in a month-long exhibition at the Storefront in July and will get a spread in Surface. Three winners will be flown to New York for a proper showering of awards, and will stay at–wait for it–The White House Hotel on the Bowery. Deadline is April 20–a date that may or may not have been chosen at random–all details here.