San Antonio City Council Selects Gustafson Guthrie Nichol to Design Hemisfair’s Civic Park

The San Antonio City Council has selected the firm to design and arrange the landscape architecture for the Hemisfair Park. The winner is Seattle-based Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN). The project is part of a series of three parks on the Hemisfair site.

The San Antonio City Council has selected a firm to design and arrange the landscape architecture for the Hemisfair Park. The winner is Seattle-based Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN). The project is part of a series of three parks on the Hemisfair site.

The downtown site is located at one of the most vibrant pedestrian intersections of the city – Market Street and Alamo Street – and it spreads across more than eight acres. Plans are for a beautiful urban green space embraced by a lively, walkable district, with the design based on the community’s vision for the park. Completion and availability to the public are set for 2018, just in time for San Antonio’s Tercentennial and the 50th Anniversary of the World’s Fair.

The transformation of the Hemisfair site is being led by the non-profit Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corp. (HPARC). GGN will collaborate with San Antonio-based Alamo Architects and a team of local and national design and engineering experts. Kathryn Gustafson, founding principal of GGN, and principal Keith McPeters will lead the design team. Project consultants are Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Vickrey & Associates, CHG Engineering, Ximenes & Associates, Jaster-Quintanilla, Tillett Lighting Design, Drew Collaborative Works, Toole Design Group, CMS Collaborative, Theatre Projects Consultants and ETM Consultants.

GGN’s other projects in the U.S. and Europe include the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago; the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial at Hyde Park in London; Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam; Seattle City Hall Plaza; Valencia Parque Central in Spain; and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

“We were immediately drawn to the Hemisfair project as a rare opportunity to create one of the world’s great public spaces,” said Kathryn Gustafson in a news statement. “We are excited by the design potential inherent in the cross-cultural influences that define and propel San Antonio – a city with a rich history and a growing urban population,” she added.

Photos courtesy of Hemisfair