2018 Best of Design Award for Infrastructure: Confluence Park

Designers: Lake|Flato Architects and Matsys
Location: San Antonio

Conceived by Lake|Flato Architects in collaboration with Matsys, Confluence Park is a living learning laboratory located near where the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek meet. The site was designed for people to gain a greater understanding of South Texas ecotypes and the impact of urban development on its watershed. This idea of confluence carries through the project’s underlying goal of combining water, ecology, and culture. The 30-foot-tall concrete pavilion’s plant-inspired geometric structure interlocks as an open-air canopy. Providing cover from the South Texas sun, the petal form components help funnel rainwater into an integrated collection, filtration, and dispersal system that irrigates the surrounding landscape.

Honorable Mentions 

Project Name: 
Rainbow Bridge
Long Beach, California

Infrastructure Honorable Mention: Rainbow Bridge, SPF:architects (John Edward Linden)

Project Name: 
Los Angeles Union Station Metro Bike Hub
Architectural Resources Group
Los Angeles

Infrastructure Honorable Mention: Los Angeles Union Station Metro Bike Hub, Architectural Resources Group (Courtesy Architectural Resources Group)

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