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 ZOO
San Antonio, Texas
Continually for almost two decades, Rialto Studio has provided design services to the San Antonio Zoo for a richly varied series of project types. From the early Snake Walk and Cranes of the World projects, through Tiny Tots Nature Spot, Lory Landing, Gibbons Forest, and Africa Live to the New Main Entry AND Zootennial Plaza, each project addressed a particular need of the Zoo’s animal collection or physical plant. Each project had a particular focus – from improving visitor amenities, upgrading animal exhibits and accessibility - and all significantly elevated the zoo’s physical environment and visitor experience.
Zootennial Plaza is a commemoration of the zoo’s 100th anniversary. It is not an animal exhibit, but instead focuses on a creating a visitor-friendly upgrade. Rialto Studio produced conceptual design studies to assist the Zoo with programming and budgeting the anniversary celebration, then orchestrated a team of design professionals to create the project which features a new 10,000 SF upscale restaurant, a million-dollar carousel, and pedestrian plazas. The 2-acre project replaces some decaying infrastructure and outdated facilities in the center of the Zoo and increases the amount of public open space which the Zoo can utilize in a variety of ways during its annual special events.