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)

Balmori Associates + Work Architecture Company

Sylvan Theater
(Courtesy of Balmori Associates + Work Architecture Company)
The grounds just south of the Washington Monument have a lot of untapped potential. Balmori Associates + Work Architecture Company proposes carving Sylvan Bowl, a grass bowl theater, into the hillside facing a circular stage and the Washington Monument. (The theater would replace the largely defunct Sylvan Theater, just southeast of the monument.) Yet, the real “showpiece” of the team’s design, according to Savage, is a building, almost a figure eight in shape, that houses the Sylvan Restaurant, among other things. The edifice blends into the landscape. Trees sprout through its inner courtyards, and it has a green roof, where vegetables to be served in the restaurant are grown. “That would be very different for people,” says Savage, “to look at this as a working, agricultural landscape.”

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