Architecture firm Rogers Partners and SCAPE / Landscape Architecture recently completed their final designs for Water Works, a riverfront park that highlights a historic five-and-a-half-mile stretch of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Built around St. Anthony's Falls, the design not only reconnects residents with the waterfront, but also provides the opportunity to revive and celebrate the city’s native ecology and geology. The competition-winning proposal spans four acres and is defined by site-specific features inspired by the region's history and natural resources.
The powerful St. Anthony’s Falls is credited as the birthplace of Minneapolis, a city that used hydropower to become the world’s milling capital. To celebrate the site, the city commissioned a design for an all-season recreational park. In keeping with Minneapolis’ brand as a bike-friendly city, Water Works will also incorporate bicycle and pedestrian pathways.
The new riverfront destination is divided into three distinct zones that traverse significant elevation changes and offer glimpses into the city’s historic ruins, native ecology, and geology. The park will also feature a three-story visitor’s pavilion with viewing terraces and restaurant. The project will be completed in two phases and the designers hope to break ground on the pavilion and mezzanine by 2016.
Images via Rogers Partners