Recently we reported on the unveiling of the 5 entries for the President’s Park South Design Competition from Hood Design Studio, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Reed Hilderbrand Associates, Rogers Marvel Architects, and SASAKI. Today, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) announced that Rogers Marvel Architects won the design competition for President’s Park South. Rogers Marvel’s design best met the goals of beautifying the security components and improving the visitor experience at President’s Park South, located between the White House Grounds and Constitution Avenue, NW.
“The Rogers Marvel design is an ingenious approach that welcomes the public while enhancing security,” said NCPC Chairman L. Preston Bryant, Jr. “The design proposals from all five competitors were inspiring, both for their innovative approaches for this important location and as a statement about our ability to ensure that public spaces across the country can be open, beautiful, and safe. Rogers Marvel’s design stood out, offering the most dramatic approach for integrating security and public space design.”
Rogers Marvel’s design defines the edge of the Ellipse by adding a seating wall with integrated pedestrian lighting, while subtly raising the grade of the Ellipse. This establishes a security feature, reinforces the Ellipse as an event space, and minimizes the visual appearance of adjacent parking. This bold, elegant move allows for a larger, unobstructed interior public area. The design culminates in a new E Street terrace that joins the enhanced space of the Ellipse with the White House South Lawn. The terrace provides another prominent space for public gathering. Should threat conditions change in the future, this design could also accommodate re-opening E Street, NW without requiring significant changes.
See all the design entries at President’s Park South Designs Unveiled