The winning proposal to redesign Constitution Gardens on the National Mall honors the clear and optimistic legacy of its 1970s design and seeks to heighten the gardens' unusual nature, enhance the beauty of its forms, clarify its purpose, envelop all the senses.
Essential in this renewal, a new pavilion, which amplifies the sense of threshold and operates as a nexus of activity for Constitution Gardens.
A diagrid envelope defines the pavilion as a space yet a part of the landscape.
From scale to massing and materials, the pavilion is designed to integrate into the landscape, to entice and protect without obscuring.
Landscape at night
A roofed structure contains a restaurant, concessions, a wide grand stair and an outdoor lookout. The building transitions from the higher terrain of the Mall down into the bowl of the Gardens with a dramatic cantilever over the lake’s path.
Inside the Pavilion
Like the landscape, the pavilion is modern in form and contemporary in tectonics.
Constitution Garden Proposal