New Pavilion at Stewart Beach Park

New Pavilion at Stewart Beach Park

At the terminus of I-45 and the iconic Broadway Avenue of Galveston Island on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, the 60,000 sf New Pavilion at Stewart Beach Park is envisioned as an attraction and gateway to the sands of the gulf for visitors and residents alike. A highly programmed vertical promenade enlivens a sloping boardwalk that connects the beach experience to an array of concessions, visitor amenities, and administrative support spaces positioned 20ft above the ground, in accordance with FEMA regulations. 

 Playgrounds, showers, art and ecology exhibitions, an amphitheater, a farmer's market space, seating decks and other activities are tucked under the volume of the building that provides shade and direct access to the beach and parking areas. A rooftop event venue includes a full-service restaurant, event rental space, and a programmable observation deck with panoramic views of the gulf and restored dunes.

Infrastructure, Landscape Architecture, Public Realm, Public Spaces + Parks, Sustainability, Urban Design, Waterfront, 
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Replacing an existing 30+ year old structure in disrepair, the new pavilion is designed to improve operational functionality for park support spaces, maximize the revenue generating potential of expanded concessions opportunities, and transform the beach experience.

Design inspiration was drawn from the naturally ventilated structures that were popular in the Southeastern United States during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The gap created by the interior room of a traditional dogtrot house underpins the design concept of pulling a building apart, allowing for gulf breezes to pass through - providing comfort and shade, while also emphasizing its seaside character.


Location: Galveston, TX | Completion: Ongoing | Size: 60,000 SF | Client: Galveston Park Board of Trustees