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.
THE OAKS AT UNIVERSITY PARK
San Antonio, TX
This 35 acre commercial office development was constructed on a heavily wooded site in north central San Antonio. The development includes three large office buildings, a 2.5 acre park, naturalistic pond and community building for the campus tenants. Many successful site sustainable techniques have been implemented into the development to help preserve the natural character of the site.
Rialto Studio initially studied the site evaluating the adjacent land uses, existing topography, drainage patterns, and existing vegetation. The site master plan was then developed with consideration of each of these existing conditions. Pervious paving was utilized through much of the parking areas which provided many benefits such as allowing for rainwater to percolate back into the site which reduces the site stormwater run-off and allowing for air exchange for the adjacent vegetation. While the pervious paving reduced stormwater run-off, it did not offset the site development. However, this created the opportunity to construct a man-made pond that collects and stores the stormwater that would have otherwise run off the site. Building condensate is also collected and routed to the pond. The pond has a natural character and provides water for wildlife, while also providing the irrigation water for much of the site.