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 broader ecosystem of the Potomac. The project creates a more consequential partnership between the monument and nature, in keeping with the agrarian philosophies of Washington, Jefferson, and L’Enfant, representing a new democratic ideal for our own time. The visitors center is carefully inserted into the surrounding topography, integrated with a series of historic buildings that dot the surrounding landscape of pathways, plazas, and greenway. 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