Houston Waterwall Park
Want one of the best places to take pictures and videos within walking distance of the Galleria? Covering 2.77 acres, Houston Water Wall Park features a 64-foot, horseshoe-shaped architectural fountain. On hot days, the mist coming off the towering wall can cool the ambient temperatures.
The 64-foot height symbolizes the 64 stories of the nearby Williams Tower, called Transco Tower when first constructed. Both the Tower and Waterwall were designed by Phillip Johnson in collaboration with New York-based John Burge Architects.
The Williams Tower is one of the most visible buildings in the area due to its height and rotating beacon at the top that can be seen up to 40 miles away on a clear night. It is the 4th largest building in Texas, and at the time of its construction in 1983, it was the world’s tallest skyscraper outside of a city’s central business district.
Johnson was one of America’s most influential architects, particularly known for his postmodern work on grand buildings. He founded the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His award-winning work brought more attention to modern architecture in America and then later used modern materials to go beyond the limitations of those designs with his commissions.
The Waterwall as an urban water fall re-circulates 11,000 gallons of water per minute, cascading down the found in vast channeled sheets. Overall, 78,500 gallons of water are recycled in the design.
Originally, the Waterwall Park was privately owned but opened to the public.
In dense city spaces, often green space is scarce, and designing a green space for use by all was part of the Tower complex. The Waterwall sits among 118 Texas Live Oak trees. The Texas Live Oak is the key specimen oak for the Houston area due to its shade, minimal clean up, and hardiness in heat and the areas’ clay type soils.
To preserve this architecturally significant green space for future generations, public financing was used to purchase this landmark to ensure its future existence.
Nearby parking can sometimes be scarce, but it is a short walk from the Galleria.
Private photography is permitted but for commercial use or use of a tripod, a permit needs to be acquired.
There are plenty of benches at the park and many people who work in nearby offices take their lunches here to relax. The noise of the water blocks out the urban noises of the dense area surrounding the park.
Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park
2800 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, Texas 77056