SWA Group Designs Pacific Plaza Park in Downtown Dallas

SWA Group lately designed Pacific Plaza, the primary of an bold four-park initiative spearheaded by Parks for Downtown Dallas in a public-private partnership with the Metropolis of Dallas. The three.74-acre greenspace in the midst of downtown transforms a former industrial web site right into a energetic, welcoming city surroundings for the 21st century.

Surrounded by high-rise buildings, Pacific Plaza replaces a barren surface-level car parking zone that was beforehand a web site of railroad, auto and different industries, making a much-needed out of doors amenity for downtown’s burgeoning inhabitants. The brand new park incorporates an adjoining stand of 23 mature reside oak, introduces versatile house for a assorted programming and intergenerational enchantment, interprets native historical past, all woven collectively in a design of subtle and lyrical element.

“High quality inexperienced house is a part of the transformation of Dallas,” commented Chuck McDaniel, Managing Principal, SWA Dallas. “The primary in a sequence of parks all through downtown Dallas, Pacific Plaza enhances the standard of individuals’s lives by providing a spot of pure respite amidst the downtown bustle and by mitigating the consequences of the city warmth island.”

SWA’s design preserved and included Aston Grove, a stand of 23 mature reside oaks, providing the brand new park the shaded majesty of a extra established place. A grade change was launched to raise the park, buffering it from the encompassing metropolis streets and orienting guests to a one-acre+ central garden that accommodates every thing from concert events to soccer video games. The park’s connective component is ‘The Thread,’ a stable, 614-foot-long Indiana limestone seat-bench wall, which gracefully traverses all the plaza. Nineteen-inches-high and assorted in width, its sinuous, sculptural kind presents shaded, semi-shaded, and full-sun seating and unifies the park right into a cohesive complete.

Anchoring the park’s southwest nook is an iconic 95′ x 135′ elliptical pavilion designed by Heath Might of HKS Architects’ Line Studio. This dramatic stainless-steel construction expresses the positioning’s railroad historical past by perforated Morse code signatures for each cease alongside the Texas and Pacific Railroad between New Orleans and El Paso-resulting in a fascinating play of shaded patterns all through the day. From underneath the pavilion, guests can look upon a long time of Dallas’ city structure.

The park is 100% accessible by pathways and paving. Different design options embrace a multigenerational play surroundings that includes {custom} swings, seesaws and different play gear; custom-designed ‘canine intercepts’ – irrigated stations of decomposed granite-that are strategically positioned to welcome canine and decrease their affect on the park’s horticulture; and native and regionally tailored low-water use vegetation.

Pictures: Invoice Tatham, Courtesy SWA Group


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