Hermann Park Lake Plaza

LOCATION: Houston, Texas
SIZE: 8 acres
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
 Jennifer Pieszak

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.