Taking a Public Site From Gray to Green

Two pedestrian-only entry points to the parking garage at Discovery Green are highlighted with powdercoated aluminum boxes crafted by Elgin, Texas-based sculptor Margo Sawyer.

Underneath the lawn is a parking garage that can hold 600 vehicles. At Discovery Green’s edge, the main vehicular entry way to the garage is nestled under a land berm that sports a green roof, which offers seating space during outdoor concerts.

Spread across 11 acres in downtown Houston, Discovery Green includes three LEED Gold-certified facilities: the Lake House café is seen here.

To the north, both the Lake House and the Alkek building border Kinder Lake, which is filled with recycled stormwater, while to the south, they line Jones Lawn.

The Grove restaurant features a long thin dining room facing an alley of pre-existing oak trees. The existing trees were augmented by several other mature oak trees transplanted from a nearby development that also was being redeveloped.

With the use of high-efficiency HVAC equipment and high-efficiency glass, as well as the implementation of deep roof overhangs, it is estimated that the Grove, the Alkek building, and the Lake House building save 18 to 20 percent more energy than conventionally designed buildings.

Discovery Green, Houston, Texas.

The upper level of the restaurant provides outdoor dining that is accessible via broad staircases at the east and west ends.

Discovery Green reclaimed 11 acres in downtown Houston to create a LEED-certified public park.

Discovery Green site plan.

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