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RFK Campus

The Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) will reimagine the 190-acre Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and Campus site, which currently includes a convention center, the DC Armory and festival grounds. Two conceptional plans were revealed on Monday morning that aim to transform the Washington sport enthusiasts’ favorite historical location.

Courtesy of OMA

Courtesy of OMA

The Project was commissioned by Events DC, the government agency and sports authority in the District of Columbia. The terrain is located in the Southeast corridor of the District and runs along the Anacostia River with an impairing waterfront being neglected for years. The project continues OMA New York’s urban renewal engagement with Washington DC, including also the 11th Street Bridge Park, which will soar over the Anacostia River.

Courtesy of OMA

Courtesy of OMA

The ambitious project seeks to serve several purposes: revitalize and reconnect the vast area to the two prominent neighborhoods in direction north and south, make the campus more overt to the river by resuscitating the waterfront gateway; as well as transform the campus space from passive pedestrian zone to a park. The residents will benefit from various programs and recreational facilities and enjoy more ecologically sustainable environment.

Our conceptual plans aim to provide accessibility across the Campus’ unique topography and access to nearby waterways while creating dynamic open space”, said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC.

“Our vision for the Campus’ future –which is aligned with community wants and needs – is to create a special and amazing place that celebrates the District of Columbia’s beauty and history”,  Max Brown, chairman of the Board of Directors for Events DC.

Courtesy of OMA

Courtesy of OMA

The conceptual plans are represented through two design schemes – North-South Axis and Stitch, each illustrating a different configuration of the location. These design concepts offer alternative approaches to parking, infrastructure and road network, pedestrian connections, site conditions and program placement.

For both potential scenarios OMA proposes three possible anchor tenants –  an Arena housing 20K visitors, the stadium itself, and No Anchor. The architects want to foster inclusiveness by clever engineering and optimize the space in order to create new attractions for residents and visitors – a track-and-field center, a water park and sport facilities for boxing, soccer, swimming and golf among a few.

Retail uses are also included with cafes along the riverwalk and permanent market halls.

By: Sabina Karleva

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