Gallery: Buffalo Bayou’s Subterranean Cistern Could Become an Undergrou...

Houston's Buffalo Bayou Park is about to receive a $55 million upgrade that includes the renovation of a recently-discovered "Romanesque" cistern that lies beneath it. The Buffalo Bayou Partnership is leading the project with help from SWA Group and others. So far they have not yet decided what they will do with the subterranean space, but ideas of a performance or arts venue have already been bandied about. Hit the jump to learn more about the spectacular 2.3 mile upgrade that is designed to completely transform the stretch between Shepherd Drive and Sabine Street.

Originally the Buffalo Bayou Partnership planned to turn the underground space into either a mulch storage or a parking lot, but once they actually sent someone down to scope it out, they discovered massive columns, amazing lighting, and acoustics that would rival any of the world’s best performance venues. After that, it became clear that they would have to incorporate the cistern into the park and make it available to visitors as well.

Other plans include creating a whole new network of hiking and biking baths, two pedestrian bridges, put-in spots for canoeists and kayakers, and the establishment of various amenities that will make Buffalo Bayou Park a safer and more convenient recreational space for the city’s residents to enjoy. A mix between NYC’s Central Park and the Low-Line underway, the new and improved park is slated for completion in the middle of 2015.

+ SWA Group

all images courtesy of SWA Group


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