Architect Paul Kweton sends his idea for a multi-deck observation tower for Buffalo Bayou Park, adding to the list of unsolicited but interesting projects dreamed up for the public space. The plans and drawings show stairs spiraling continuously upward around a central elevator shaft, enclosed only by a giant net-like facade (as well as a smaller actual net preventing visitors from exploring the exterior of the structure).
Kweton has 2 potential locations in mind — the rendering above shows the tower on the lawn in Eleanor Tinsley Park, across the bayou from the now open Cistern (the long-defunct 1920s subterranean city water reservoir turned found-art piece and potential exhibit space). The alternative spot is a little further west across Allen Pkwy., near the 1920s Gillette St. waste-incinerator site sold last year year for redevelopment into the Broadstone Tinsley Park Apartments:
Here’s what the tower would look like in the runner-up locale:
The structure would provide views of the city throughout the entire trek to the top through its exterior lattice:
A few elevator-accessible pop-out decks near the top and middle of the tower would offer net-free views:
- Bayou Park Observation Tower [Studio PAULBAUT]
- Previously on Swamplot: The How and Why of Turning the Cistern Buried Along Buffalo Bayou Into a Split Level Public Bath House
Renderings: Studio PAULBAUT