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.
VENTURA RIDGE APARTMENTS
San Antonio, TX
With a beautiful hillside view near La Cantera, Ventura Ridge Apartments is a modern piece of architecture located in a hill country setting. Stunning views from the apartments makes it an ideal setting for living and playing. Rialto Studio was asked to provide a resort style atmosphere amongst the modern design elements and rustic nature of the site. The design includes a dip pool, sun shelf, beach entry, a stone fireplace, a grill for outdoor entertainment, and a fountain to provide the tranquil sounds of water. The scored concrete pool deck is now lined with bright colored lounge chairs and cabanas, which only add to it's remarkable blue tiled pool design. Rialto also provided sidewalk layouts, picnic areas and planting plans. It was very important to use native plant materials and protect as much of the natural habitat as possible. Many of the picnic areas are surrounded by preserved oak trees that provide shade and beauty amongst the modern architecture.