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

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)

OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi

Washington Monument
(Courtesy of OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi)
The design team OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi’s plan for the Washington Monument grounds focuses largely on performance space. Again, there is an amphitheater that faces a stage, this time covered by a trellis, and the monument. The designers emphasize that the venue can host a gamut of performances, from impromptu skits to concerts attended by thousands. The proposal also features an elevated walkway connecting the grounds to the Tidal Basin.

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