The City + The Arch + The River international design competition aims to create a setting for the Arch that makes connections between the city, the Arch grounds and the Mississippi River, which runs between the states of Missouri and Illinois.
The Eero Saarinen-designed Arch, which was completed in 1965, commemorates St Louis’s role in American Westward expansion.
The five finalists, which have been chosen from a pool of 49 entrants, are:
- Behnisch Architekten – Stuttgart, Germany, Los Angeles
- MVVA team, led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates – New York City
- PWP Landscape Architecture, Foster + Partners, Civitas – Berkeley, California
- SOM, Hargreaves, BIG – Chicago
- Weiss/Manfredi, Architecture/Site Design/Urbanism – New York
Donald Stastny of StastnyBrun Architects, who is managing the competition, said: “The selected teams represent local, national and international perspectives, and we look forward to working with them over the next few months as their visions evolve and they create their designs.”
Tom Bradley, superintendent of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, said: “Having this level of architectural, engineering and landscape design power focused on such a visible urban park is exciting. We are committed to incorporating our parks into the life of their surrounding communities.”
The final design selection will be on 24 September, with construction finished by 28 October 2015 – the 50th anniversary of the Arch’s completion.