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
Pearl is an urban redevelopment of an abandoned brewery near downtown, involving rehabilitation of existing buildings and construction of new buildings, engaging the attention to date of a variety of architects. Rialto Studio has been the primary landscape architect/urban designer since the project’s inception, responsible for some 10 million dollars’ worth of site improvements. The vision for the project is a new, urban mixed-use neighborhood adjacent to the recently-redeveloped Museum Reach of the San Antonio River – a place downtown where people can live, work, and play. Residential and commercial buildings are knit together by a carefully-planned system of permanent and temporary roadways. Many of the exterior spaces are multi-functional; for example, a farmer's market is held every weekend on a portion of the site, otherwise used for parking and vehicular circulation. Restaurants, shops, pedestrian amenities, amphitheater, and other attractions make Pearl an imminently desirable and usable urban destination, and it has sparked other economic redevelopment in the area. Development of the brewery site continues.