The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department has named the top three submissions for its design ideas competition for the Seaholm intake. The competition challenged designers to create a vision for adaptive use of the Art Deco building—a former power plant intake facility—and surrounding park and trail system as a community destination.
The city received 76 entries, narrowing the list to 10 finalists in late July and setting on the top three teams:
Team: BOKA Powell + Design Workshop
Project name: Lakehouse
Designed as a “renaissance of multi-generational activity,” Lakehouse features wind-generated energy, efficient LED lighting, sky lights, water play and boat rental areas, a moving barge, and waterfront deck. The jury commended the proposal for its ability to “create usable space while being mindful of revenue-generating potential.”
Team: Gensler Team George
Project name: Intake
Gensler’s proposal includes a plaza/marketplace, pool, pedestrian bridge, rainwater collection, multiuse space, and vertically folding glass partitions open up the building. “This design accentuates the beauty of the building and understands the flow of the water, articulated by the sweeping boardwalk,” the jury noted.
Project name: Link
Gumbully calls its project “a proclamation of the activity, innovation, and expression that defines this city.” Proposed elements include sculpture gardens, a decked green roof for outdoor entertainment, public art space, and a lakefront swimming area. According to judges, “This design evokes many of Austin’s cove valves, including appreciation of art, music, and healthy lifestyle.”
A spokesperson for Austin’s Park Department told Culture Map that “the ideas received are not intended to pick a final designer but instead allow for outside ideas to be contributed toward a future design vision.” The city plans to put out a request for proposals for public-private partnerships to redevelop the Seaholm intake facility.