Shots of the massive waterfront development planned in Kingwood east of Woodland Hills Dr. show it situated around 2 adjacent and existing lakes that neighbor both the San Jacinto River and the Clubs of Kingwood golf course. The 300-acre project — dubbed Herons Kingwood Marina and recently stumbled upon by online architectural sleuth Urbannizer — lays out a plan to link the 2 bodies of water and transform them into marinas with docks, pedestrian paths, and outdoor amusements.
The water-level rendering above from Italian architecture firm Torrisi & Procopio shows a boat parking lot fronting a shopping center that’s planned beside the west marina. From the air in the rendering at top, you can see the eastern marina neighbored by skyscrapers, described by the architect’s website as home to hotels, restaurants, shops, and apartments. A narrow channel leads to the other, aquatic area in the distance.
Here’s where both lakes sit now, just south of Barrington Kingwood — a 200-acre, loop-shaped neighborhood:
At the point marked “Existing Access Point,” a short outlet links the eastern lake to a tributary that then drains into the San Jacinto River. The new proposed access point, indicated to the southwest, would skip the tributary and head right for the river itself.
A new major roadway would cross the planned channel between the two marinas, providing access to the eastern portion of the development:
Among the amenities planned for the eastern marina, according to the architect’s website: “A floating swimming-pool, a floating cinema/theatre, a restaurant-cafè and a lounge area” — all of which would sit atop the water surface “on custom-made platforms with all the necessary associated equipment.”
A matinee at the floating theater:
A system of waterborne platforms planted with vegetation is also planned to help clean the water, according to Torrisi & Procopio’s plans for the site. In total, 700 spots will be available for boats up to 40 ft., as well as 220 platforms for jet skis.
A view across the other bay shows office towers bookending the shopping center that sit at its far western edge:
These towers appear on the right side of this model, on either side of the entrance to the central, wavy-roofed mall promenade that begins at the bay:
The view from inside:
At the north edge of the development, 52 acres of residential neighborhood wrap around the top of the existing Barrington Kingwood community:
- The Herons Kingwood Marina [Torrisi & Procopio Architetti]
- The Herons Kingwood Marina District [Altus]
- The Herons Kingwood Marina: 300-acre Master Planned Mixed-Use Development [HAIF]