Final designs unveiled for DC's first elevated park

The new park will be suspended over the Anacostia River and will link up two districts of the city. 

September 18, 2014 |

Four teams are currently locked in a competition to design Washington, D.C.'s first elevated park. OMA, Höweler + Yoon, NEXT Architects, and Cooper, Robertson & Partners have just released their preliminary design proposals for what will be known as the 11th Street Bridge Park. 

The new park will be suspended over the Anacostia River and will link up two districts of the city. A cafe and water sports area, as well as performance and educational spaces, are included in each design. You can rank the designs and offer feedback here.

The winner will be announced on October 16.

Here are the shortlisted design plans:

 

 

 

Balmori Associates / Cooper, Robertson & Partners

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© Balmori Associates / Cooper, Robertson & Partners
 
 
© Balmori Associates / Cooper, Robertson & Partners
 

Bridge Park will function as much as a civic center as it will as a park. It is more than a river crossing; it is a place. It will be a pioneer by strengthening the communities that give it life. Through the design of Bridge Park, we believe we can help re-connect the diverse neighborhoods on both sides of the river, re-engage the Anacostia River, improve the general quality of public health through physical and social activity, and generate new jobs for local citizens of the district. Three concepts have shaped our design. Our goal is to create a Bridge Park that is: inclusive, memorable and symbolic.

 
 
 

OLIN / OMA

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© OLIN / OMA
 

Our design for the 11th Street Bridge Park—the Anacostia Crossing—is a place of exchange. The park at Anacostia Crossing will connect two historically disparate sides of the river with a series of outdoor programmed spaces and active zones that will provide an engaging place hovering above, yet anchored in, the Anacostia River. To create this place—more destination than elevated throughfare—we have designed the bridge park as a clear moment of intersection where two sides of the river converge and coexist. Anacostia Crossing will offer layered programs, presenting a new neighborhood park, an after-hours destination for the nearby workforce, a retreat for residents and a territory for tourists to explore.

 
 
 

Stoss Landscape Urbanism / Höweler + Yoon Architecture

© Stoss Landscape Urbanism / Höweler + Yoon Architecture
 
 
© Stoss Landscape Urbanism / Höweler + Yoon Architecture
 

Historically in Washington, small boats and rafts, then ferries, provided vital links across the city’s rivers, including at places along the Anacostia River. In the not so recent past, ferries shuttled workers living in the Anacostia neighborhood across the river to their jobs in the Navy Yard. These ferry crossings became as much places of congregation and assembly, places of social exchange, as they were places of passage. Our proposal for the 11th Street Bridge Park puts in place a new crossing, one that establishes new connections across and to the Anacostia River and to the burgeoning and socially / culturally rich neighborhoods along its banks.

 
 
 

Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) / NEXT Architects / Magnusson Klemencic Associates

© Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) / NEXT Architects / Magnusson Klemencic Associates
 
 
© Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) / NEXT Architects / Magnusson Klemencic Associates
 
 
© Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) / NEXT Architects / Magnusson Klemencic Associates
 

Welcome to Anacostia Landing, a 25-acre park centered on the Anacostia River, gateway to historic Anacostia and extraordinary perch from which to view the District of Columbia’s emergence as a waterfront city. The WRT/NEXT design fulfills this vision by giving coordinated and exciting form to the goals set forth in the competition brief: reconnect diverse communities, reengage people with the river, improve public health through recreation and play, and expand economic opportunity.

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