At the foot of the Washington Monument, a new landscape, visitors center, and outdoor amphitheater, for which Wil Carson was the Project Designer at Michael Maltzan Architecture, create a new entrance to the experience of our National Mall as well as linking to the Tidal Basin to the south and the broader ecosystem of the Potomac. The project creates a more consequential partnership between the monument and nature, biology, and water is in keeping with the agrarian philosophies of Washington, Jefferson, and L’Enfant, and represents a new democratic ideal for our own time.

The visitors center and surrounding landscape, is carefully inserted into the surrounding topography, integrated with a series of historic buildings that dot the surrounding landscape of pathways, plazas, and greenway, developed in partnership with Tom Leader Studio Landscape Architecture. At the project’s center is a new flexible amphitheater, its structure designed to telescope outward, creating a flexible armature for a diversity of audience and performance sizes and types from small musical performances to major events for national celebrations


Wil Carson, Project Designer
Michael Maltzan Architecture


Tom Leader Studio | Landscape Architecture
Davis Landgon | Costing
Nordenson & Associates | Structural Engineering
IBE | MEP Engineering & Sustainability
Nagata Acoustics | Acoustics
Theatre Projects Consultants | Theater Planning