“A much-needed amenity that isn’t often afforded the principles of good design. This grounded yet light-filled, warm-toned, poured-in-place concrete shelter located in a new park reads in an understated way which is its strength. All the functions are in balance, leading to an architecture that supports the park experience.”
— Claire Weisz, FAIA

Location Austin
Client Waterloo Greenway
Architect Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
Design Team Michael Hsu, FAIA, Maija Kreishman, AIA
Contractor DPR Construction
Concrete Newbold Stone
Overall Park Landscape Architect Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Overall Park Local Landscape Architect dwg.

Located near two expansive heritage trees shading a wooden deck, the Waterloo Park Family Pavilion provides seating and facilities for trailer concession amenities. The pavilion reflects the park’s architectural language with a concrete structure inspired by local geography that takes cues from Central Texas watering holes and rock outcroppings. The open-air building is heavily rooted, with the roof appearing to float overhead and a free-standing, concrete vessel sink mirroring the building’s form. A skylight at the back of the sloped roof bathes the interior in natural lighting; a planter located below it, once mature, will cover the back wall with greenery.

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