Originally a pump station supplying water to the Township of Highland Park, the Pump House is now a space for art, a venue for intellectual discussion, a temporary apartment, and playground. The project reflects the client’s environmental values, and MESA, in collaboration with designer Julie Bargmann of D.I.R.T. Studio, has worked closely with a native grass expert for advice on appropriate plant species. The team has designed a garden in the old south water tank and intensively planted it with native Texas grasses and perennials. A “splash basin” now stands in the north water tank; and a custom-designed, pervious paver and grass system is installed at the main driveway, the pattern carefully designed to prevent ladies heels from sinking into the grass. A garden has emerged from an industrial memory; Dallas’s answer to Seattle’s Gas Works Park and Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory.