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.
URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER
AT PHIL HARDBERGER PARK
San Antonio, TX
Located within the urban hub of San Antonio is the Phil Hardberger Park. The property is 311 acres in size was purchased by the City of San Antonio in 2007 to serve the citizens of San Antonio. The design theory behind the park is comprised of native landscape restoration, preservation, sustainability, cultural landscape and education. In conjunction with Stephen Stimson Associates, the design team completed the Urban Ecology Center within the Phil Hardberger Park. The basis of this project was to demonstrate the interaction of the parks terrain, plants and animals with human activity, and to educate the public on design methods to integrate the natural and built environments. Low impact design construction techniques incorporated into the design include project siting, permeable paving / parking, infiltration swales, bioswale, rain garden, site and roof rainwater harvesting, and use (and re-use) of local and native materials.