COPPER LAKES • Houston, Texas


At Copper Lakes the municipal utilities of stormwater infrastructure and flood control have been transformed into a useable community landscape. The draingeway is the central organizing feature of the development and the major content of the community’s civic landscape. Rather than locating the development’s parks and recreational facilities at the entry as a ‘signpost,’ the community landscape occupies the center of the 300 acre site.

The design develops the stormwater into a meaningful design element by weaving into the community center and pool facility, a lakeside ‘spring,’ and a long, winding vista that emphasizes the landscape’s strong horizon. The design was accomplished by working closely with the project’s civil engineers, often trading roles in the project development.

Kathy Poole at the SWA Group, Inc. Kevin Shanley, Project Landscape Architect. John Cutler, Project Director

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