SEAHOLM INTAKE COMPETITION
Studio Balcones and Studio Modo collaborated on the Seaholm Intake Competition to redesign the historic building on Lady Bird Lake that once served as the intake facility for the Seaholm Power Plant. Our proposal, titled Suspending Moments, looked to slow down the flow of people, activity and stormwater on the site. The Hike and Bike Trail and Lady Bird Lake are the centerpieces of Austin’s downtown fabric, but there are few moments along the water’s edge that invite visitors to pause. Our proposal included a meander that leads visitors to a beach at the water’s edge, floating wetlands, and a dock for small craft. Moving towards the street are numerous terraces for play, gathering, and picnicking, and the main entry plaza leads to the Promontory, a calm overlook that allows for dramatic views of the lake.