WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

Full Circle: The City + The Arch + The River

Full Circle reconnects the city to the park, and the park to the river, embracing the Mississippi River as its epicenter. The monumental civic axis of St. Louis is extended over the highway to connect the city to the park. Strategic improvements to the memorial grounds will preserve this modernist icon. The expanded museum will act as a catalyst to bridge history and community, culture and ecology, integrating the site into a larger cultural network of the St. Louis region. The East St. Louis riverbank offers a dramatic contrast to the modernist icon created by Saarinen and Kiley. Here, the landscape is redefined as a network of new earthworks, waterways, and paths that meander to reach new settings for recreation and public life, including the new river center and ecological park that restores river ecologies. New connections between St. Louis and East St. Louis complete the loop. Eads Bridge hosts a new linear park and the piers of Poplar Street Bridge are leveraged to support a new pedestrian and bike loop. Full Circle recovers narratives of culture, ecology, transportation, and trade to create one continuous experience.

About The Designer

Weiss/Manfredi is a multidisciplinary design firm in New York City known for its dynamic integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape design. Founded by Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi, their projects include the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, the University of Pennsylvania’s Nanotechnology Center, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, and the Barnard College Diana Center. They are currently redesigning the United States Embassy campus in New Delhi, India and a building for Cornell NYC Tech’s new campus on Roosevelt Island. Weiss/Manfredi has won numerous awards and their work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Venice Biennale, the Louvre, and the Guggenheim Museum.