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Architects from around the world submitted their portfolios, and by mid-December, a jury of experts invited ten design teams to re-imagine three "dead-zones" on the National Mall. (Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture + Tom Leader Studio for Sylvan Theater)

Winners Announced for National Mall Design Competition

The area between the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S. Capitol has seen better days, but architects are vying to improve the nation’s front lawn

Michael Maltzan Architecture + Tom Leader Studio

Washington Monument
(Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture + Tom Leader Studio)
“A number of the designs are playing around with trying to frame interesting views of the monument,” says Savage. Perhaps the most dramatic, in this regard, is a design by Michael Maltzan Architecture + Tom Leader Studio that recommends a multipurpose facility with an oval oculus cut out of its roof to preserve the view of the Washington Monument. This scheme also includes a terraced amphitheater. Though unlike the other proposals, the theater faces away from the monument. The stage is equipped with an eye-catching canopy that expands in warmer weather to provide more shade.

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