OMA + OLIN win Washington’s 11th Street Bridge Park competition

11th Street Bridge Park

11th Street Bridge ParkOMA + OLIN have win the competition to design the 11th Street Bridge Park, Washington D.C.’s first elevated park, which will soar above Anacostia river and help unite the communities on its opposing banks.

11th Street Bridge Park
Rendering by Luxigon

The US$40 million project aims to transform an old freeway bridge into a new civic space engaging the local community, bringing together residents from across the city and supporting the community’s physical, environmental, economic and cultural health.

11th Street Bridge Park
Rendering by Luxigon

Funding for the Bridge Park is provided by a US$1 million pre-capital campaign from public and private donors.
11th Street Bridge ParkThe Washington D.C. City Government recently committed an additional US$14.5 million toward the project. With the selection of a final design, a capital campaign has been launched to match these funds.

11th Street Bridge Park
Rendering by Luxigon

The design of the bridge pulls the two ends of the bridge upward to form an X-shape, providing shelter for programs such as a performance space and a cafe, as well as plenty of open space for plazas, lawns and urban agriculture plots.
11th Street Bridge ParkPartner at OLIN Hallie Boyce commented, “The 11th Street Bridge Park project is an incredible opportunity to contribute to the civic fabric of Washington, D.C. through the design of an iconic, multi-functional landscape which promotes the health of the river and its adjacent communities acting as a model both nationally and globally.”
11th Street Bridge ParkThe design of the bridge pulls the two ends of the bridge upward to form an X-shape, providing shelter for programs such as a performance space and a cafe, as well as plenty of open space for plazas, lawns and urban agriculture plots.
11th Street Bridge Park“Our design creates a literal intersection and a dynamic, multi-layered amenity for both sides of the river. It simultaneously functions as a gateway to both sides of the river, a lookout point with expansive views, a canopy that can shelter programs and a public plaza where the two paths meet.”
11th Street Bridge Park“The resulting form of the bridge creates an iconic encounter, an “X” instantly recognizable within the capital’s tradition of civic spaces.”  explained OMA Partner-in-Charge Jason Long. (rendering by Luxigon).
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