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

Constitution Gardens
(Courtesy of OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi)
Informed by the gardens’ location, on the same axis as the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Gallery of Art and the forthcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture, the design team of OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi envisions Constitution Gardens as a “museum without walls.” Boardwalks wind through the wetland edges of the lake, so that visitors can study urban ecology up close. An Outdoor Lab, or space for research, exhibition and education, is positioned on the lake’s northwest edge. The plan also encourages the arts with its inclusion of an oval-shaped floating stage off the lake’s southeast bank.

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