Confluence Park’s new solar-powered pavilions collect rainwater and provide shade from the summer sun

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San Antonio’s idyllic Confluence Park just became a little greener and more scenic, thanks to the teamwork between American firms Lake Flato and Matysys with the support of landscape architect Rialto Studio. The riverfront park now boasts sweeping sculptural pavilions that provide shade from the fierce Texas sun as well as an elegant method for collecting rainwater.

 

Confluence Park is located at the spot where the San Antonia River merges with San Pedro Creek. Covering just over 3… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



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