PWP Landscape Architecture and Rogers Marvel Architects’ winning design for Constitution Gardens at the National Mall shows respect for the historic plans created by Olmsted, McMillan and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. The new experience will allow for a secluded and welcoming garden where Washington families will come on weekends, where tourists will pause before continuing on their cultural journey, where children will discover the joys of newly discovered lake-edge activities, and where nearby workers can stop for a drink.
By carefully refining the scale, shape, and function of each landscape component, PWP will create a beautiful integrated environment that is ecologically productive. We will transform the lake into a critical piece of water infrastructure that reduces the damaging impacts of stormwater while creating a source of water for reuse in irrigation and toilets. In addition to specific programmed space, the design includes flexible-use spaces at a range of scales for events of all sizes. Rogers Marvel Architects’ multi-entry pavilion at the east end of the lake, containing restaurant, café, activity rentals, and storage will provide dramatic views of Constitution Gardens, and lure visitors down to the lake from a path that connects Constitution Avenue to the World War II Memorial. The design and programming enhances and integrates historic elements, encouraging people to interact. Newly planted magnolias and an added footbridge of stepping stones above a new marsh and perimeter path will lead visitors to view the 56 Signers Memorial on ‘The Island’. We will build a renewed Constitution Gardens that serves the grandeur of the National Mall - a park that lives, evolves and thrives.