Skanska is touting the green roof it’s planning atop the 11-story parking-garage portion of the Capitol Tower as a “Sky Park”: It’ll be the “first and largest green roof in Downtown Houston to be open to all building tenants,” the development company says. The 24,000-sq.-ft. roofscape will feature pathways surrounded by plants, grasses, and a few decorative trees; arbors with roofs modeled after the pipe-assembly structure seen at Rice’s Brochstein Pavilion, and “an infinity edge that makes it appear as though the park is floating in the sky.” Plus: an automated irrigation system that’ll pull water from the building’s 50,000-gallon rainwater cistern. Looming neighbors will include the Esperson Building, 712 Main, and Pennzoil Place.
Access to the roofscape, which was designed by OJB Landscape Architecture, will be through west-facing doors on the building’s 12th floor, the 35-story building’s lowest office level:
The tower, constructed on the site of the former Houston Club building at 800 Capitol St., isn’t expected to be complete before 2019. The parking-garage-only section, however, went up first, on the site of an earlier garage which Skanska demolished after first expanding. It’s finished enough to show off a few views of where the park-like space will go:
This image matches the view in the rendering at top:
Here’s a recent view of the construction site from the building’s future street entrance at the corner of Capitol and Travis, as the Capitol-St.-facing garage levels are completed:
And a view from higher up near the same intersection, showing how the completed Capitol Tower will look. A corner of the green roof is visible peaking from behind the left side of the building:
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Renderings: Skanska. Photos: Craig Hartley