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Digital Pinup: Evelyn's Park

Located on the site of the former Teas Nursery in Bellaire,Texas, an incorporated city within Houston, Evelyn’s Park aims to serve as “Bellair’s Front Yard;” to be a vibrant and vital amenity for the city. Situated near the edge of the city on Bellaire Blvd, the park is strategically located to help define the entrance and identity of Bellaire as a whole. Lake|Flato has been working closely with the Evelyn’s Park Conservancy and SWA Group, master plan Landscape Architects, to define this identity and create an engaging experience for all ages that strikes a balance between the prominent urban site and surrounding residential neighborhood.   To that end the architecture attempts to create a strong new identity for the park, while also respecting the history of the site and scale and character of the surrounding neighborhood. An old house once used as an office by Teas Nursery will be reused as a café/restaurant. Along with a mature grove of oak trees, the cafe will anchor the prominent southeast corner of the park. The new event building and office addition to the north defines the eastern edge of the park, will frame the adjacent event lawn, and provide a more intimate setting for gatherings and parties. To the north, the community building terminates the alley of trees and provides rental space for community events and gatherings. It is conceived of as an open air pavilion that can be closed for privacy and/or comfort on Houston’s humid summer days. The lake pavilion hovers over the water and provides a shaded spot to launch a boat or watch butterflies. Taking it’s cues from Houston’s great alleys of oaks, the Travillion is the park’s iconic entry and promenade. It forms the entrance into the great lawn, defines it’s southern edge, and provides the necessary buffer from Bellaire Blvd. Project team includes Andrew Herdeg, Graham Beach, Cotton Estes, Margaret Sledge, Erica Goranson, and Joesph Dugan. SitePlan_dp above: site plan 1Cafe Entry 1_dp above: cafe entry 2Cafe Entry 3_dp above: cafe entry 3Event Lawn 1_dp above: event lawn 4Event Lawn 3_dp above: event lawn 5Community Pavillion 2_dp above: community pavilion 6Community Pavillion 1_dp above: community pavilion 7Lake Pavilion 1.2_dp above: lake pavilion 8Lake Pavilion 1_dp above: lake pavilion 10-13.11.05_Axon view_dp above: trevillion axon 11-13.11.05_From Bellaire_daytime_dp above: perspective-from bellaire 12-13.11.05_Trevillion Walk_dp above:view along walk 13.11.05_From Bellaire_nighttime_dp above: trevillion at night  
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