Hermann Park Lake PlazaExterior
|OWNERS:||Hermann Park Conservancy|
|ARCHITECT:||Overland Partners | Architects|
|AWARDS:||2011 IES New England Section Illumination Award|
|2011 AIA San Antonio Honor Award|
|2010 Urban Land Institute Houson Chapter's Development of Distinction Award|
|2010 American Society of Landscape Association Texas Chapter's Merit Award|
|PHOTOGRAPHER:||© Overland Partners|
|DESIGN TEAM:||Keith Yancey|
Lake Plaza is the crown jewel of Houston’s popular Hermann Park. Run by the Hermann Park Conservancy, a non-profit citizens’ organization, in partnership with the City, this project has attained LEED Gold certification through energy efficiency and sensitive restoration of landscape, as well as comprehensive site water management.
A main station for the park’s miniature train railroad, a gift shop, pedestrian bridge, boat rental, café, and service buildings support the park’s use as recreation and rejuvenation in the heart of the city. Houston’s families enjoy train rides, pedal-boat excursions, and an entrance plaza to the adjacent zoo.
Exactingly integrated hardware gives a fixtureless appearance to structures, highlighting finely crafted architectural details that are shaded during the day. Transformed at night into a composition of glowing pavilions, these structures create a welcoming backdrop for strolling and refreshment set against softly illuminated landscape.