Dutch Architecture Firm West 8 to Revitalize Baltimore Waterfront

Dutch Architecture Firm West 8 has won the competition to revitalize the Middle Branch Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland. The winning design recreates and redefines the blue-green heart of Baltimore. The ranking of the top three teams was made by a jury or local leaders and national experts. Each of the firms’ proposals was evaluated for technical merit, feasibility of the ideas, ability to integrate community feedback, originality of design vision, responsiveness to the competition’s objectives and to the site and its context, as well as the overall quality and clarity of the presentation materials.

“Existing dredge from the Port is strategically reused to control water and sentiment flow in the bay. Over time, this process will form new marshlands and wetland ecologies. Building on the legacy of Frederic Law Olmsted, the design imagines of a Linear Parkland— an expansive 11-mile green ring featuring piers, boardwalks, and structures for a fixed array of community uses. A community-centric development embellished with activator sites, pavilions and project icons borders the parkland” West 8 Project Leader, Douglas Brooks