SWA Group awards
2005 National Award of Excellence, American Society of Landscape Architects.
In the early part of the 1900s, George Kessler prepared a master cav Houston's 450-acre(181 ha) Hermann Park but the major entry was - -completed. SWA provided schematic design through constructor zWi services for the reflection pool, the "heart of the park" and the cere~ : -park entry. A north plaza adjacent to the traffic circle surrounds tre Sas Houston monument. An 80 by 740-ft(24 m by 224 m) reflection extends southward from the plaza toward McGovern Lake estar s-the major north/south axis aligned with the monument. A water cas::: defines the north end of the pool and the Molly Smith Plaza ancr: -south end. The plaza includes a participatory fountain, a raised lav. - = a and limestone banco seats.
The 1992 competition-winning plan prepared by the Landscape Architect develops the Hare & Hare concept into a wonderful park environment, focused along the reflection pool.
"The Heart of the Park" today. A 740-ft (224 m) long Reflection Poll defines the axis and is flanked by sloping lawns and Live Oak Allees comprised of both historic and transplanted trees.
T The Molly Ann Brennan Smith Plaza anchors and activates the southern end of the Reflection Pool and bridges to McGovern Lake.
i The "Heart of the Park" showing the improved park entrance. The reflection pool was lowered 18 inches below natural grade to improve aspect and expand reflected views.
! * . : Pioneer Monument was relocated 150 feet south to mark the intersection of the north/south axis with the east/west axis of an historic path system. : oiaza invites gatherings and water play in its interactive fountains.
c 5 e ;acy for future generations, materials were chosen for lasting quality as well as beauty. The pedestrian promenades of decomposed granite allow water run-off and assure the appearance of the generations to come.
lb -- - Pool was narrowed and lengthened to formalize the Montrose Boulevard Park axis. An ornamental limestone coping flanked by decomposed granite walks enable access to the water's edge
oanels, shaded by historic Live Oak trees invite people to picnic and to enjoy the activity and the views along the Reflection
• a ong the Reflection Pool more intimate spaces provide places for people to gather, r :: ps gather along side the limestone coping of the Reflection Pool.
• re c cnsists of the historic Live Oaks supplemented with second row of 112-24 inch (284 - 60 cm) caliper Live Oaks that were rescued and also from other sites around Houston.
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