Finalists revealed for National Mall redesign in US

National Mall

The Trust for the National Mall has shortlisted 12 concepts submitted in a design competition for the transformation of the National Mall, Washington DC, US.

Under the project, the Trust for the National Mall, along with the National Park Service, seeks to restore and improve constitution gardens on the mall's west side, the Washington monument grounds at the National Sylvan Theater and Union Square on the east side.

After examining entries from 32 teams, a jury picked four finalists for each of the three sites.

The finalists for the constitution gardens project are Andropogon & Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architect & Paul Murdoch Architects, Olin & Weiss/Manfredi, and Rogers Marvel Architects & Peter Walker and Partners.

Design possibilities for the constitution gardens include glass pavilions or buildings and performance spaces and cafes, which would offer views of the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, as well as ways to link the park to nearby boulevards.

The finalists for the Sylvan Theater are Balmori Associates & Work Architecture Company, Diller Scofidio Renfro & Hood Design, Michael Maltzan Architecture & Tom Leader Studio, and Olin & Weiss/Manfredi.

For Union Square, the finalists are Diller Scofidio Renfro & Hood Design, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol & Davis Brody Bond, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners & Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect, and Snohetta & AECOM.

The non-profit National Mall group plan to raise $350m to help restore the mall, beginning with one of the three sites.

The partnership hope to complete fundraising for the project in 2014 and then build the project, which ivolves selecting one of the designs, overhauling either constitution gardens or the Washington Monument grounds by 2016.


Image: The nonprofit National Mall group aims to raise $350m to help restore the mall. Photo: courtesy of Tyrol5.