Persimmon, located just north of historic downtown Buda, will be a new community of about 1,000 homes along the banks of Garlic Creek. Rialto Studio is currently leading the land planning and landscape architecture efforts for this project and assisting in the negotiation of a Development Agreement with the City of Buda. The plan is built to reflect a traditional neighborhood character, featuring alley-loaded small-lot homes with generous front porches and walkable, tree-lined streets. The site’s existing topography and many mature oak trees weighed heavily into the development of the plan, resulting in a project that will boast more than 5 preserved trees per lot, many of them heritage oaks. The amenity park is planned around the ruin of a dairy barn built by the prior owner of the property. Our concept, developed with HUO Architects, will restore a portion of that ruin and another existing structure to create a modern recreational destination that echoes the rich history of the site and region.
Active Adult Living
Gathering and recreation options abound within the 12-acre landscape of this apartment community for active adults, including many retirees. The courtyard is the focus, where a large patio space extends the dining facility outdoors, and a lawn accommodates larger events, with flexibility for group activities, from yoga to games. A sprawling water feature backdrops views from the clubhouse. A shade pavilion and additional seating create a separate area for smaller events and casual meetups. The pool features lap swimming, a beach entry, shade canopies for parts of the pool and deck, and lots of space to enjoy the sun. A BBQ pavilion, outdoor fire pit, multiple seating areas and lush landscaping round out the site. Rialto Studio designed many of the outdoor elements, including entries from the adjacent road, perimeter site fencing and gates, a dog park and the amenity courtyard. Construction is scheduled to begin late in 2020.
Hill Country Retail
This proposed retail development is located the San Antonio Hill Country, and provides a vibrant and popular destination with a warm, small town feeling. The plaza courtyard space is activated with elements including an artificial lawn illuminated at night by cozy string lighting, a deck designed around an impressive existing shade tree, and multiple seating opportunities throughout with low, concrete seat walls and outdoor furniture for visitors to enjoy. Further contributing to the rustic atmosphere of the plaza, rain-water harvesting is integrated within the site through the use of two large, cisterns. Roof rainwater from the adjacent buildings is collected, stored, and dispersed throughout the site plantings. The outdoor courtyard space extends into the vehicular parking area through common decorative paving, lighting and planting, offering a larger open space for large special events.
Hardberger Land Bridge
San Antonio, TX
The Land Bridge at Phil Hardberger Park will allow both people and animals to cross the six-lane parkway that bisects the 311-acre park. When completed, the bridge will be heavily planted, making a seamless transition between the native landscape and the constructed parkland. Park users will be able to gently climb from natural grade to the top of the bridge via an elevated walk, rising through the preserved tree canopy, providing a unique experience. The vegetation on the bridge, entirely native, will be irrigated with rainwater collected in a 100,000-gallon underground cistern. Rialto Studio is the prime consultant for the project, working closely with Stephen Stimson Associates, which envisioned the project, and guiding it through construction documentation and administration with the help of many consultants such as structural engineers, electrical engineers and ecologists. The project began construction in fall 2018 and is slated to be complete in late 2020
Stephen Stimson Associates
RidgeWood Plaza II
San Antonio, TX
Multiple buildings enfold a multifunctional courtyard in San Antonio’s master-planned RidgeWood Business Park. Carefully nestled among preserved trees, the space creates a pleasant arrival and exiting experience between office buildings and a parking garage. An outdoor patio extends the indoor break room, offering users a shady and peaceful place to enjoy lunch or a break. A larger, open patio and an event lawn extend conference rooms outdoors for gatherings. Water features, utilizing air conditioning condensate, provides tranquil sounds while also enabling users to have a private conversation or call. Custom shade structures and a mix of seating options provide comfort for users, while special paving subtly directs foot traffic. A dry creek bed and plantings conceal utilities and the underground storm sewer. The entire space is lighted to allow use and enhance safety after dark. Rialto Studio was integral to the site planning, and also provided design and construction administrative services for the site and building entries and courtyard, including hardscape, landscape lighting, planting and irrigation.
The RIM Peninsula Park
San Antonio, TX
A former traffic roundabout and parking area in the Rim Shopping Center in San Antonio, this newly created park reactivates the site for customers and adjacent businesses. New shade canopies were added to adjacent restaurants, allowing outdoor dining within the new park. Vehicular traffic was diverted to one side to carry on the ‘Main Street’ of the Rim development and provide more development opportunity. A new small retail building was added within the park space, as well as a large shade structure that provides scale and comfort to park users. Special paving laces its way though the park, providing visual cues for pedestrian flow. An informal stage and open artificial turf lawn allow special programming, such as yoga and live music. Custom tile mosaic benches, designed in collaboration with local artist Oscar Alvarado, wrap a portion of the site with seating and bring the space a colorful and playful feel, along with the large palms and abundant planting. Rialto Studio worked closely with the architect from concept design through construction, focusing on the pedestrian hardscape, material selections, site lighting, grading, planting and irrigation.