El Gouna, Egypt
Towne Lake reflects its Texas-sized appeal in a 300-acre lake, the 4th largest recreational lake in the Greater Houston area. Connected trails, waterways and scenic coves allow neighbors easy access to the lake and the many amenities and destinations throughout, bonding the community together and creating a unique living experience. Towne Lake is a place where neighbors can work, play, raise children and leave a legacy for generations to come.
Rialto Studio developed the community “look and feel” based on the Texas Hill Country vernacular. The land has been shaped to create hills and valleys uncommon to Houston but which serves to distinguish Towne Lake from its competitors. Native Texas plantings also serve to differentiate the community from those with high maintenance formal landscapes.
San Antonio, Texas
Rialto’s rehabilitation efforts at Brackenridge - among the nation’s oldest parks - included renovation of existing facilities and addition of new improvements. Phase A saw remediation of eroded stream edges, removal of noxious understory vegetation, and construction of new visitor amenities. In Phase B, roadways were addressed - park roads were updated or converted to walking paths, and a new vehicular entrance into the park was built. Construction of new visitor amenities continued, including expanded picnic facilities for individuals and groups, new playground, new trails, and a new comprehensive wayfinding system to guide pedestrians and bikers through the park. Prominent in the new construction of gateways, trail markers, and signage are contributions from local artists, including Susan Budge, George Schroeder, and Anne Wallace. The detailing of new park structures and amenities paid homage to historical patterns and utilized local materials, so that the park’s rehabilitation is visually seamless from its past incarnations.