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.