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National Mall Design – Architects

5 May 2012

National Mall Design Competition Winners

Union Square National Mall, Washington DC, USA
Davis Brody Bond / Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
Union Square Washington DC
image Courtesy of GGN, © Methanoia

Union Square National Mall

Seattle-based landscape architects Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) and New York-based architects Davis Brody Bond (DBB) are pleased to announce their selection as winners of the National Mall Design Competition for Union Square. The competition, organized by the Trust for the National Mall, was a three-stage process through which a jury of eight esteemed professionals selected a design team for each of the three re-design sites of the National Mall.

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Washington DC – Key Buildings on the National Mall

Jefferson Memorial:
Jefferson Memorial
picture from National Mall Design Competition

WWI Memorial – From WM Showing line of sight Towards Lincoln Memorial:
Lincoln Memorial
picture from National Mall Design Competition

National Mall & Memorial Parks – Jefferson Bronze Statue:
Jefferson Bronze Statue
picture from National Mall Design Competition

National Mall Design Finalists, Washington DC

National Mall Design Teams

Ten design teams have come another step closer to redesigning a portion of the National Mall.

The National Mall Design Contest announced the finalists of stage two. Each team, made up of architecture and landscape architecture firms, advance to the next level, during which they will design their concepts for one of three areas on the Mall.

The spots up for renovation are: Union Square, the area just south of the Capitol that includes the Reflecting Pool and the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial; the Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument and Constitution Gardens, between the Vietnam Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.

The design plans will be submitted in March and will be open to the public in April. The competition winners will be announced in May.

Rogers Marvel Architects will work with Peter Walker and Partners to create a concept for Constitution Gardens. Isabelle Moutaud, Rogers’ director of strategy and development, said the firm was excited to work on the area, which has a lot of character. “This is a great project for us,” she said. “The chance to work on the National Mall is once in a lifetime. We don’t have it yet, but we look forward to getting started.”

The construction projects will begin the competition, with the total cost projection expected to be about $700 million. No start or end dates for construction have been announced.

National Mall Design Competition, Washington DC

Trust for the National Mall Announces National Mall Design Competition Stage II Results

The Trust for the National Mall announced the results for Stage II of the National Mall Design Competition. Ten design teams, selected by a Jury of eight esteemed design experts, will continue on to the third and final stage of the Competition.

“We are excited about the teams selected to advance to Stage III and have no doubt each of them will create beautiful, useful and sustainable designs for the National Mall,” said Caroline Cunningham, President of the Trust for the National Mall. “We are eager to share their final designs with the public in April.”

The finalists were chosen based on their design portfolios, team qualifications and Stage II interviews. They are:

Union Square
Diller Scofidio Renfro & Hood Design
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol & Davis Brody Bond
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners & Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect
Snohetta & AECOM

Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds
Balmori Associates & Work Architecture Company
Diller Scofidio Renfro & Hood Design
Michael Maltzan Architecture & Tom Leader Studio
OLIN & Weiss/Manfredi

Constitution Gardens
Andropogon & Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architect & Paul Murdoch Architects
OLIN & Weiss/Manfredi
Rogers Marvel Architects & Peter Walker and Partners

“Our Competition process has attracted nationally renowned design teams that will respect the historic integrity of the sites while creating an innovative vision of what the National Mall can be,” said Donald J. Stastny FAIA FAICP FCIP, the Competition Manager. “The design teams selected by the Jury to participate in Stage III will now be charged with delivering on the promise of a beautiful, useful and sustainable National Mall.”

In Stage III, the design teams will attend a Competition briefing in Washington D.C., which will include a briefing of the history of the Mall by noted National Mall historians, guided tours of the three project sites: Union Square, Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds, and Constitution Gardens. The teams will then have 11 weeks to create a design concept for their assigned location. The finalists will be judged on the functionality, sustainability, and constructability of the design and how well it reflects the established vision and design influences.

The design concepts will be exhibited to the public for several weeks before the winning designs are announced on May 3, 2012. For all Competition information, please visit www.nationalmalldesign.org.

The Trust for the National Mall is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to restoring and improving the National Mall, while providing new educational and volunteer opportunities that connect the park’s 25 million annual visitors to the Mall’s rich history. For more information on the Trust for the National Mall, please visit www.nationalmall.org.


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