KEN SMITH WORKSHOP

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

URBANISM

ART

  National Mall Competition, Washington, D.C.

Start Date: 2011

Completion Date: 2012

 

National Park Service, client

Pei Cobb Freed & Architects, architect

BuroHappold, sustainability planning/MEP

Langan, civil engineering

Guy Nordenson & Associates, structural engineering

Urban Trees + Soils, tree and soil consulting

Fluidity Design, fountain design

George Sexton Associates, lighting design

Richard Sennett, social design

HR&A Advisors, public space programming

Davis Langdon, cost estimating

 

all images - Ken Smith Workshop / Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Invited competition for reimagining the historic National Mall, including the 28-acre Union Square site located at the foot of the US Congress and at the head of the National Mall. The proposal sought to reflect a deep respect for the site’s historical evolution while bringing a fresh vision of its future potential as an emblematic and socially meaningful public space. The key features of the proposal are few and simple, but transforming in their impact on the visitor experience.  The proposal included a new interactive reflecting pool and fountain, new gardens and new seating to improve the social life of the square.

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