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High Line, Washington D.C., 11th Street Bridge Park, White House, Anacostia River
Photograph: Courtesy OMA and luxigon

D.C.'s new elevated park is a step closer to being built

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More over High Line: Washington D.C. may soon have its own elevated park—and it's a doozy.

The 11th Street Bridge Park is a proposal to span the Anacostia River between the Washington and its southeastern quadrant. When it’s finished, it will easily rival Gotham's railroad viaduct-turned-greenway as a must-see attraction, drawing residents as well as hoards of tourists who come to Washington to see the White House and other landmarks. And it's now one step closer to being realized after receiving the go-ahead from the federal government's National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC).

High Line, Washington D.C., 11th Street Bridge Park, White House, Anacostia River

 

Photograph: Courtesy OMA and luxigon

 

The design by Rem Koolhass’s OMA, in conjunction with landscape architects OLIN, comprises an upper and lower tier. The former consists of two soaring ramps criss-crossing each other to form an X configuration that will be the bridge's most distinctive feature, making it an instant landmark. Each ramp will rise on a five degree slope as it takes visitors above the river for sweeping, Instagram-worthy views of Washington and its landmarks. Waterfalls will pour from the edges where the ramp terminate as they reach into the sky.

High Line, Washington D.C., 11th Street Bridge Park, White House, Anacostia River

 

Photograph: Courtesy OMA and luxigon

 

The lower level, which extends in both directions from the area under the flyways, will have landscaping, seating, places to eat or otherwise gather, as well as spaces for performances, including an enclosed pavilion.

High Line, Washington D.C., 11th Street Bridge Park, White House, Anacostia River

 

Photograph: Courtesy OMA and luxigon

 

Approval from the NCPC means that, absent other delays, the 11th Street Bridge Park will begin construction in 2021 with completion set for 2023.

High Line, Washington D.C., 11th Street Bridge Park, White House, Anacostia River

 

Photograph: Courtesy OMA and luxigon

 

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