rendering by Erica Goranson

A few months a go my good friend (and former Lake|Flato colleague) Erica Goranson and I heard of a competition sponsored by The Architect's Newspaper to repurpose the now-abandoned Houston Astrodome.  We developed a concept where a hull structure would be built under the existing structure to create a seaworthy vessel capable of protecting and transporting the accumulated cultural resources of the city of Houston in a future scenario where rising sea levels required the costal city to be abandoned.  We won second place.

 

A recently rejected bond initiative that would have funded renovations to the structure means that the eighth wonder of the world will most likely be demolished, eliminating the possibility of our future scenario.