Architecture of Buffalo Bayou Park

Houston, TX

Project Description

Buffalo Bayou Park was undertaken by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership to transform the portion of the waterway which meanders west along Memorial Drive from Sabine Street in downtown Houston to Shepherd. Page is the architect for two buildings and two large pavilions in the 2.3-mile, 160-acre park, which was planned and designed by landscape architecture firm, SWA. The design of the park restores the natural landscape which was adversely affected by the channelization of the bayou six decades ago and focuses on “passive” recreation and destination points, such as hike and bike trails, a dog park, event venues and food service.

The architecture occurs in the park in places where there is intensification of activity. The buildings needed to be strong enough to be landmarks, open enough to be inviting, and shady enough to keep people comfortable. It was also important that they feel like a natural extension of the landscape design and that they be completely consistent with the larger framework of the park.