George Bush Presidential Center Design Unveiled

22 November 2009 (Last Updated November 22nd, 2009 18:30)

The design for the George W Bush Presidential Center – part of the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas – has been unveiled. US architect Robert AM Stern collaborated with landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates for the project. Th

The design for the George W Bush Presidential Center – part of the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas – has been unveiled.

US architect Robert AM Stern collaborated with landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates for the project.

The scheme is a modern brick and limestone structure styled similar to the Georgian university campus and has a Texas landscape with a hint of Washington air.

The centre will be divided into three blocks which will consist of archives, a museum and a policy institute building to reveal documented evidence of the first former US president's life.

The sustainable building will be made of 20% recycled materials and will be fitted with solar hot water panels and a storm-water management system.

The building is expected to achieve an LEED platinum certification for incorporation of sustainable design strategies.

The groundbreaking is expected to take place in November 2010 and the structure is slated to be open in February 2013.