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The landscape is an integral part of this design, establishing the site as a critical component of the visitor experience while providing perimeter security and sustainable water management. From ground plane to rooftop, the series of landscaped spaces embody both a metaphorical and physical narrative, with the presence of water as a constant and dynamic companion throughout the journey.
A marsh garden at the north entry marks the location of Tiber Creek—part of the canal system which once ran along what is now Constitution Avenue. A grand reflecting pool at the south entry brings the new museum into the view of the Mall—its slowly moving waters inviting all to approach.