Hermann Park Lake Plaza
Hermann Park Conservancy
Overland Partners | Architects
2011 IES Awards New England Section – Award of Merit
© Overland Partners
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 the 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.