Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial

Eisenhower Square is a four-acre urban park located at the base of Capitol Hill. The memorial at the center of the square will represent Eisenhower’s accomplishments as both President and Supreme Allied Commander. The square is framed by transparent stainless steel tapestries depicting the plains of Kansas, representing Eisenhower’s humble beginnings.


A gentle wash of light onto the interior faces of the tapestry walls, and low-level edge lighting on the planter surfaces create a glowing “urban room”, whose perimeters are defined by light instead of walls.  Key elements in the center of the space (the sculptures, the writing on the stones, large trees) are highlighted for dramatic effect. Lighting integrated into handrails and the undersides of benches obviates the need for downlighting from above, providing illumination for walking surfaces without distracting from the surrounding landscape.


L’Observatoire International scope includes all sculptural and landscape elements of the memorial.

Location Washington, DC, USA
Architect Gehry Partners, LLP
Type Universities + Libraries
Status In Progress

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leader Jenny Ivansson
Project Team Anna Muslimova Dean Scott Ece Ozerdem Elisa Forlini Jason Neches Jun Soo Park