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Thursday, December 03, 2020
24/04/2020

OMA, 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C.

 
The National Capital Planning Commission has approved the preliminary plans for 11th Street Bridge Park in the US capital, submited by the firm of Rem Koolhaas, OMA, with Jason Long as project leader. The 2014 competition for the design of a footbridge over Anacostia Park, which borders the Anacostia River where it passes through the center of Washington, D.C., was prompted by a desire to promote sustainable urban transit and connect green zones to services on both banks. Drawn up in collaboration with the American landscape architecture company OLIN, the scheme is conceived as an extension of the park, but also as a platform for social interaction, and hence a destination in and of itself. The bridge is an intersection, and this is formally expressed in its longitudinal form, with two strips anchored to opposite banks and crisscrossing over the water. The space where the bridge’s two spans meet accommodates programs and activities, including restaurants and areas where one can rest, lookouts to the city, an enviromental education center, and a large central plaza for seasonal events, such as summer cinema, theater performances, and bazaars. The elevated platforms, set at a 5% inclination, end with waterfalls. One of these cascades is integrated into a system for filtering river water that, along with new wetland zones by the piers, will help keep the Anacostia’s bed clean around the park.
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