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OMA + OLIN Design Chosen for First Elevated Park in D.C.

In a unanimous decision, OMA + OLIN's design for 11th Street Bridge Park was chosen to transform the freeway bridge over the Anacostia River into an elevated park and new civic space for the city. In the design, both sides of the bridge are raised to form an X-shape that is hoped to one day become instantly recognizable within Washington, D.C. The mixed-use development will include spaces for performances, public art related to the region, plazas, play areas, kayak and canoe launches, an environmental education center, and urban agriculture plots. For the developers, the opportunity was not only to create a multi-functional landscape, but a space that will "contribute to the civic fabric of Washington, D.C.," according to Partner at OLIN Hallie Boyce. The design was part of a seven-month nationwide competition organized by the Washington D.C. Government and local non-profit, "Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC."

· OMA + OLIN to bridge washington DC with city's first elevated park [designboom]
· OMA + OLIN Selected to Design D.C.'s 11th Street Bridge Park [ArchDaily]