| 07 : 30 – 30 July, 2018 |
Located on edge of Colorado River in Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail is a unique restroom designed by Miró Rivera Architects.
The rustic design consisting of 49 thick vertical Corten steel plates are arranged along a path in a curled shape. The plates which vary in length are staggered in plan to maintain contact with the fresh air and natural surroundings. Conceived as a sculpture, the restroom was inspired by its surrounding natural environment. The heavy-duty stainless steel fixtures makes it easy for maintenance, is handicap accessible and free of mechanical ventilation.
Staggered arrangement of the steel plates. ©Paul Finkel
From the Architects –
The Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail is a linear park of scenic trails and landscaping that follows the banks of the Colorado River in downtown Austin. Very popular among runners and bike riders, the park provides residents and visitors with a rural escape in an urban setting.
A sculpture amongst the natural surroundings. © Paul Bardagjy
The Restroom—the first public restroom built in the park in over 30 years—was built by The Trail Foundation, a community based non-profit organization, in partnership with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
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Site plan and section. © Miro Rivera Architects
Entrance of the restroom. © Paul Finkel
The structure consists of forty-nine 3/4″ thick vertical Corten steel plates whose width and height vary significantly in size, from 1′-0″ wide by 1′-6″ high to 2′-0″ wide by 13′-0″ high. The panels are arranged along a spine that coils at one end to form the restroom walls.
Floor plan and section. © Miro Rivera Architects
The plates are staggered in plan to control views and to allow for the penetration of light and fresh air. Both the door and roof were fabricated from 3/4″ thick steel plates as well.
Corten steel plates of varying heights. ©Paul Finkel
3/4″ thick corten steel door. ©Paul Finkel
The restroom is accessible and includes a drinking fountain and shower outside in addition to a commode, urinal, sink and bench inside. The simple building requires minimal maintenance: the plumbing fixtures are made from heavy-duty stainless steel, there is no need for artificial light or mechanical ventilation.
Heavy-duty stainless steel sanitary fittings. ©Paul Finkel
Natural light and ventilation. © Miro Rivera Architects
Project details –
Project Name – Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail Restroom
Location – Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail, Austin, Texas, United States of America
Architect – Miro Rivera Architects | www.mirorivera.com
Lead Architect’s – Juan Miró, FAIA LEED AP, Miguel Rivera, FAIA LEED AP
Project team – Carina Coel, Aaron Hunt
Photography Credits – © Paul Bardagjy, © Paul Finkel, © Miró Rivera Architects
Builtup – 70 sq. ft. (restroom); 259 sq. ft. (footprint)
Project type – Public Architecture, Parks and Recreation
Client – The Trail Foundation
2011 Finalist | Envision Central Texas
2009 Hon. Mention | London Internat’l Creative Competition
2009 Hon. Mention | Internat’l Biennial Architecture Prize
2009 American Architecture Award | Chicago Athenaeum
2008 Hon. Mention | Awards for Emerging Architecture
Completion Year – July 2007
Structural engineering – Architectural Engineers Collaborative (AEC)
Civil engineering – Murfee Engineering Co.
Signage – Pentagram
Steel Fabrication & Erection – Construction Metal Products