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.
WITTE MUSEUM EXPANSION
San Antonio, TX
The Witte Museum has been a huge part of San Antonio's history for many years and an important connection between Brackenridge Park and Broadway. Heritage trees had to be protected because they play a critical role in the history of the grounds. Starting south of Tuleta, the “Adventure Walk” trail will lead visitors from the parking garage to the new front door of the building with materials consistent with locality. Rainwater collection and drainage bio swales will promote water education on site. Native shrubs, ornamental grasses and small turf areas will be included in this project and some plants will be signed to help visitors identify native species.