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Willow Waterhole’s unique environment is visible from South Post Oak, a point of easy access to its jewel, Levitt Pavilion Houston. 200 parking spaces provide for daily park use, accessible parking, and entry drives for shuttle buses. Sidewalks connect to neighborhood street parking. A marquee, concessions and restrooms frame the entry.
Using detention pond excavation, a bowl for performance is sculpted, creating a stage at waters edge and a hill to mute traffic noise. Periodic flooding requires raising the stage support function on columns. This creates a park pavilion that also provides cover for food trucks, buses, or company road trucks.
The canopy, a structural challenge, resists and sheds hurricane winds while covering the stage, amplifying sound and providing lighting. The second level is accessed by enclosed stairs and a secure ramp to a connecting catwalk that allows for rigging and the movable panels that provide flexible staging opportunities.