Lady Bird Loo

Located along the running trail of Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas, the new Heron Creek Restroom facility responds to the unique conditions of its environment. The buildings are a simple composition of raw steel and concrete that will patina over time. Subtle shifts in geometry differentiate the structures and give them a sense of personality. Large steel plates suspended on a light frame form the tent like building shell, achieving durability while maintaining a sense of playfulness. The textured concrete accentuates the passage of shadows across its surface, while the steel frame inside draws the eye up towards openings in the roof that allow for a view of the tree canopy and sky.