The site is located along the Tidal Basin in line between the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. The design is approached along intersecting symbolic axes that align with major monuments and memorials in the city that are relevant to Dr. King’s life and the struggle for equal civil rights. The centerpieces of the memorial are a transparent glass outdoor room which is etched with the words of Dr. King, an existing elm tree, and stone seating area configured as a chapel.
KKA was placed as the 2nd place winner out of a field of 1,000 entries.
Kohn Pedersen Fox, Kevin Kennon Design Principal
Washington, DC 2000