GSC’s dramatic renovation of the public exterior plaza at the TFC William P. Hobby Building downtown Austin rid the plaza of an expansive linear pool and transformed it into a shaded urban garden blooming with color. The original plaza was dominated by an expansive linear pool with a massive metal structure that once served as a fountain, spraying water down into the pool. GSC repurposed this structure into a shade element through the addition of colorful sun sails that provided shade to the benches throughout the day. The existing pool was filled with Styrofoam blocks and a concrete topper as this plaza sits above an underground parking garage. Once the pool was filled, the design team added board-formed concrete benches and planters to the plaza. The existing water feature, that once circulated water in the pool, was cleverly repurposed to irrigate to each planter.
Client: Texas Facilities Commission
Size: 10,530 SF
Services Provided: Full A/E Services, Programming, Planning, Architectural Design, Construction Administration
Photographs: Impressive Spaces