World-renowned architect Rafael Vinoly will be designing the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, and renderings are now being shown for the first time.
The LEED-certified facility with roughly 40,000 square feet of program space will be located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts, next to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library on Columbia Point in Boston.
According to its web site, the Institute is “dedicated to educating the public about our system of government and enhancing civic engagement. The goal is to invigorate public discourse, encourage participatory democracy and inspire the next generation of citizens and leaders.”
The state-of-the-art Institute will have an interactive Exhibition Hall, a digital library and research area, and five classrooms with distance learning technologies. Most notably, the design features a representation of the U.S. Capitol Senate chamber to host debates and mock Senate sessions.
Rafael Vinoly has been practicing architecture for over 45 years and is known for his imagination and rigor, with a proven capacity to create beloved civic, cultural and institutions. His projects include the Tokyo International Forum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Abu Dhabi Campus for New York University, and the University of Arizona Science Center.
Photo courtesy of EMK Institute web site.