President's Park South
Our winning competition design for E Street and the Ellipse collectively and comprehensively acts in the service of security while promoting democratic public space which joins the people with their President.
As the platform to petition the President, it is the perfect place to demonstrate the security of an open society.
Combine security with amenity
By elevating the perimeter of the Ellipse, an earth backed wall provides anti-ram vehicle interdiction, as well as a comfortable bench that responds to the scale of the Ellipse.
Night view of the perimeter
Build upon lessons from history
Taking lessons from A. J. Downing's 1851 plan, new groves have been designed to replace the northern side panels of the ellipse. The four islands within Downing's side panels have been reintroduced and reshaped to solve the demands placed on 21st century public space.
The Ellipse Groves enhance the procession towards the White House grounds and create shaded areas to sit, play, or wait in line for events.
E Street Terrace
The E Street Terrace offers unencumbered visual access between the Ellipse and the White House; it unites President's Park South into a single enjoyable public space.
President’s Park South is a destination for Washingtonians and visitors, both national and international.