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.