Lake|Flato, San Antonio
From the Jury:
The fluid shapes of these pavilions have been with us since the height of postwar Modernism, but they are unexpected in a public park. Parks are places that should be architecturally aspirational to introduce great design to a broad swath of the population.
Confluence Park provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the ecology of the South Texas region, demonstrate the value of natural resources, and foster environmental stewardship and education in a traditionally underserved area adjoining the San Antonio River.
With education as its core purpose, Confluence Park is an intricate teaching tool that will inspire our community to become more involved with the river and practice sustainable habits while gaining a greater understanding of Texas ecotypes. At every corner, visitors will find an opportunity to learn through observation, engagement, and active participation. Play areas are designed for learning and exploration. A photovoltaic array provides 100 percent of the energy use for the project on a yearly basis. A site-wide water catchment system collects rainwater and feeds it into an underground water storage tank. The BHP Billiton Pavilion provides shade and shelter while simultaneously helping visitors understand both the cycle of water at Confluence Park and how this cycle relates directly to the San Antonio River Watershed. The pavilion speaks of the confluence of water systems and is oriented to point directly toward the junction of the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek.