Market Street – The Woodlands, Texas

TBG employed a small-town Texas aesthetic to generate urban appeal and create a long-absent town center with a sense of history. This mixed-use lifestyle center is a walkable development incorporating activated streetscapes responding to specific periods in Texas history. TBG’s design combines a central park, stylized courtyards, interactive water features and site furnishings to develop points of interest while respecting established development regulations.

Pedestrians on a paver crosswalk with planters in the foreground. 

Market Street’s central park is well used by patrons. 

The development is a hub of activity. 

Project team: Drew Mengwasser, Susan Cita, Meade Mitchell, Bill Odle

Project team: Drew Mengwasser, Susan Cita, Meade Mitchell, Bill Odle

Details

  • The stylistic approach for Market Street was derived from nostalgia for small-town Texas.
  • Market Street’s Central Park is an oval-shaped, multifunctional space, depressed from the curb level, that serves as the development’s unifying focal point. This 26,000-square-foot green space includes an open lawn, fountains, planters and seating.
  • Nearly 20 works of public art, as well as colorful mosaic pavements and mosaic walls in the European alley, deliver a sophisticated ambience.
  • An elevated, interactive fountain with LED lights is a popular feature that doubles as a stage for musical events.
  • An alley known as “the mews” provides a passive, stone plaza seating area with outdoor furniture.
  • The main pedestrian activity area, the central park, provides 26,000 square feet of human-scaled, multipurpose green space.
  • Activities range from individually organized club and retailer events, to civic and Market Street sponsored events.

Market Street - The Woodlands, Texas


TBG employed a small-town Texas aesthetic to generate urban appeal and create a long-absent town center with a sense of history.

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Telfair – Sugar Land, Texas

One of the nation’s most successful master-planned communities, Telfair encompasses 2,000 acres and was borne from a shared vision seeking to create a multifaceted community evoking the historic character of Southern cities like Savannah, Georgia. TBG project team members actually visited Savannah for research, and the integration of planning and landscape architecture from the beginning was essential to developing the overall story. The project has expanded for many years while continuing to focus on the original theme established at the onset.

 

All project features from the initial planning to the layout of streets and design of individual neighborhoods and parks are rooted in that historic concept, resulting in a unique community built around a story established at the project’s onset. TBG has worked on this project for many years and it has been a truly collaborative effort that has spanned all of the firm’s Texas offices. TBG created a pedestrian-oriented design organized around extensive trail systems and a winding central lake with subsidiaries located inside two of Telfair’s lifestyle communities. A regional park situated within the site integrates with amenity centers, schools and commerce to make Telfair a livable, walkable community.

A pedestrian-oriented design with an extensive trail system makes spending time outdoors convenient and enjoyable.

Lush landscaping affords an inviting and scenic sense of place throughout Telfair.

Historically inspired bridges and traditional materials like brick evoke the aesthetic character of great Southern cities.

Grand crape myrtles provide shade, scale and interest along one of Telfair’s many walkable pathways.

(L to R): Lauren Norton, Lindsey Yucuis, Blake Coleman, Yan Wang, Amy Harr, Drew Mengwasser, Melanie Ames

Details

  • 2,000-acre master-planned community in Sugar Land, Texas
  • Community vision inspired by great Southern cities like Savannah, Georgia
  • Pedestrian-oriented design includes extensive trail system connecting all community elements
  • Expansive central lake provides stormwater detention and a prominent visual amenity
  • Central Hall and Recreation Center provides residents with high-quality recreation recreational opportunities including a pool and aquatic play area
  • Historically inspired bridges and expansive open space are defining characteristics of the community 
  • Home to Houston Museum of Natural Science at Telfair, which opened fall 2009

Telfair - Sugarland, Texas


TBG created a pedestrian-oriented design organized around extensive trail systems and a winding central lake with subsidiaries located inside two of Telfair’s lifestyle communities.

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Ningbo Zixiang Paradise Crowne Plaza Resort – Ningbo, China

In collaboration with the architecture firm HKS, TBG created a dynamic plan for the Ningbo Zixiang Paradise Crowne Plaza Resort based around a unique dragon motif, melding cultural significance, through the ancient Chinese symbol of the earth dragon, with sophisticated contemporary design sensibilities.

 

The plan elegantly responds to the site and represents a dragon coiled upon the southeastern shore of the East China Sea, with the dragon’s head resting atop mountains to the north. The dragon’s body is articulated through a meandering hotel framework, and a pier extending out to the sea represents the dragon’s arm holding a radiant pearl, which will be an event space and high-end restaurant. The arm also features four protruding scales that serve as private waterfront cabanas. Additional plan elements include compelling water features, an oceanfront pool and lush plantings.

The plan seamlessly unites the structures and outdoor areas with the natural context of the sea, beach and mountains.

The resort was conceived as a dragon coiled upon the southeastern shore of the East China Sea.

Perched atop mountains and beaches, the resort illuminates the evening.

Ningbo is a unique fusion of cultural significance and contemporary design.

Oceanfront pools and cabanas offer multiple ways to enjoy the extraordinary surroundings.

Project team: Emily Henry, Yixiao Liu, and Kent Mendenhall

Details

  • The resort design incorporates the ancient Chinese symbol of the Earth Dragon (Ti-Lung), which in Chinese culture represents qualities of good fortune, patience, thoughtfulness, cooperation, practicality, hard work and strength.
  • Ti-Lung is also closely associated with waterways and oceans, which is reflected in the resort’s seamless integration with the waterfront.
  • The exclusive event space and restaurant at the pier’s conclusion represents a dragon’s pearl, a symbol of good luck and prosperity, clutched at the end of its arm.
  • Ningbo is one of China’s oldest cities, dating back to the Hemudu culture that originally built a fishing village there in 4,800 B.C.
  • Ningbo Port is one of the world’s busiest ports in terms of annual cargo tonnage, and as a deepwater port it can handle up to 300,000-ton vessels.
  • Three main rivers run through Ningbo, resulting in numerous bridges, including the world’s longest trans-oceanic bridge, which connects Shanghai and Ningbo.

Ningbo Zixiang Paradise Crowne Plaza Resort - Ningbo, China


TBG created a dynamic plan for the Resort which melded cultural significance, through the ancient Chinese symbol of the earth dragon, with sophisticated contemporary design sensibilities.

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Park Seventeen – Dallas, Texas

A LEED Gold mixed-use development in Uptown Dallas, Park Seventeen includes a 19-story office tower and adjacent residential tower linked by a seven-story parking garage and ground-floor retail.

TBG designed the park and pool terrace atop the parking structure as a multipurpose amenity deck, which unites the two towers, provides usable outdoor space and reduces the local heat island effect. Along with an infinity edge pool, amenities include an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, glass-walled fitness center and artificial turf lawn, which is used for outdoor fitness and yoga classes.

The 19-story office tower’s expansive glass façade exhibits the final waning moments of a picturesque sunset for patrons lounging amid the amenity deck’s refined environs.

A bird’s-eye view showcases the unique geometries inherent in the amenity deck’s pool and terraced steps, which provide greater interest and respond to the structural needs below. 

Wrought-iron chairs and stainless-steel tables afford chic and durable seating opportunities. 

The deck accommodates upscale leisure in a setting with outstanding downtown views. 

An outdoor kitchen area allows for open-air dining against a backdrop of dramatic urban architecture. 

Tranquil sounds from the pool’s jets combine with elegant furniture, planters and mature trees to achieve an urbane ambience.

Project team: Bryan Padgham and Jim Manskey

Details

  • Shared amenity deck on seventh floor serving a residential tower and adjacent office tower in Dallas, Texas
  • Deck serves as visual link between downtown core, Woodall Rodgers Park and uptown
  • Project team hoisted a 30,000-pound live oak onto the seventh-floor amenity deck
  • Mow patterns in the artificial turf lawn create an authentic, ballpark-like feel

Park Seventeen - Dallas


TBG designed the park and pool terrace atop the parking structure as a multipurpose amenity deck, which unites the two towers, provides usable outdoor space and reduces the local heat island effect.

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Over Yonder Cay – The Bahamas

TBG was responsible for the master planning and landscape architecture of this 72-acre, private residential island in the Exuma island chain of the Bahamas. The island master plan includes a private marina, four luxury villas, beach enhancements, nature trails, terraced formal gardens, infinity-edge pools, spas and water features, viewing terraces, a solar field and wind farm, lawn amphitheater, maintenance facility and on-site nursery. The island is powered entirely by renewable energy, including a 375kW solar field on 1.5 acres as well as a 300kW wind turbine system. 

Leisurely outdoor spaces nestled among flowers, palms and an endless blue sky provide a perfect setting to enjoy a sunny day.  

Sun-filled days of leisure spill into the evenings as outdoor bars and kitchens keep patrons in a state of relaxation at all hours. 

Pools and extensive outdoor environs provide numerous opportunities to enjoy the stunning surroundings. 

(L to R): Meade Mitchell and Yan Long

Details

  • 72-acre private residential island in the Exuma island chain of the Bahamas
  • Luxury island getaway includes four luxury villas, private marina, nature trails, formal gardens and other amenities
  • Island is powered entirely by renewable energy, with an innovative diesel generator back-up system in the rare event of power demands exceeding the renewable system’s capabilities
  • 1.5-acre solar field generates 375kW of energy
  • Three 100kW wind turbines, each more than 100 feet tall, provide additional renewable energy

Over Yonder Cay - The Bahamas


TBG was responsible for the master planning and landscape architecture of this 72-acre, private residential island in the Exuma island chain of the Bahamas.

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Grand Solmar – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

An illustrious resort on the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, Grand Solmar is an unparalleled oceanfront destination.

 

This remarkable getaway is elegantly situated between the waterfront and dramatic mountains, providing an incomparable backdrop to recharge. From intricate designs in the walkways to the astounding vistas around every turn, exacting attention to detail defines what has become one of Cabo San Lucas’ premier resort destinations.

Boundaries blur between resort pools and an impossibly blue ocean.

Boulders and palms frame majestic views.

Taking a dip has never been easier.

Infinity-edge pools appear to float on the ocean.

Jacuzzi Las Olas – A wonderful place to enjoy the sunset.

Project team: Dean Wilson, Bryan Padgham and Kent Mendenhall

Details

  • The Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, is one of the most diverse seas on the planet
  • The area hosts many migratory species every year and humpback whales, manta rays and thousands of sea birds frequent the area
  • 3-hectare oceanfront resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Locally sourced materials from adjacent mountains
  • Outdoor dining terraces, pools, beach club

Grand Solmar - Cabo San Lucas


From intricate designs in the walkways to the astounding vistas around every turn, exacting attention to detail defines what has become one of Cabo San Lucas’ premier resort destinations.

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Cinco Ranch Southwest – Katy, Texas

One of the nation’s fastest-growing master-planned communities, Cinco Ranch Southwest is a multifaceted residential development outside Houston.

 

A pedestrian-oriented design integrates extensive trails around a central lake, providing exceptional connectivity, and amenities include a popular recreation center, the LEED Silver-certified Lake House, and a water park and pool complex. Cinco Ranch was the No. 3 best-selling U.S. master-planned community for 2010.

Cinco Ranch is one of the nation’s fastest-growing master-planned communities.

Wetland plants provide natural filtration for the development’s detention ponds and waterways as well as aesthetic appeal.

A bioswale flourishes with vegetation.

The 5,000-gallon cistern demonstrates rainwater collection and is complemented by knockout roses, hollies, cannas and liriopes.

Project Team: David Stuart, Justin Lindabury, Jason Nobbe, Chris Jackson, Tom Afflerbach, John Farrer, Katie Robillard and Tom Cox

Details

  • 2,018-acre master-planned community in Katy, Texas
  • The Lake House includes a rainwater-harvesting system with a 5,000-gallon cistern and large bioswale that provide irrigation for the surrounding landscape.
  • The water park and pool complex use saline water, rather than chlorine or traditional chemicals, benefitting pool users and the environment.
  • This No. 1 selling community in Texas includes a pedestrian-oriented design and numerous amenities
  • Network of greenbelt trails connects community components

Cinco Ranch Southwest - Katy, Texas


A pedestrian-oriented design integrates extensive trails around a central lake, providing exceptional connectivity to a variety of community amenities. 

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Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas – Austin, Texas

The world’s first LEED Platinum medical facility and first LEED for Healthcare Platinum project, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas emphasizes the restorative powers of nature through sustainable design that includes innovative healing spaces. An interior courtyard features themed environments reflecting the biodiversity of Central Texas via plant species representing the six ecoregions within the hospital’s 46-county service area.
 

Defined by passive and active spaces, a three-acre healing garden includes a labyrinth, human sundial, butterfly garden, floating granite ball fountain, reflecting pond, fish pond incorporating recycled glass and multimedia movie plaza.

 

Expansion efforts included a third bed tower that was completed in the summer of 2013; TBG played an integral role in this effort, which included a new healing garden between the two southernmost towers, a memorial plaza with integrated donor naming opportunities for fundraising, and new main entry landscape.

Designed for active play for children of all ages, the peek-a-boo wall is a vibrantly painted maze incorporating circular walls at varying heights.

While the labyrinth evokes cathedral floor mosaics to create a site for meditation, the healing garden’s sundial is a more active space encouraging patients to use their own shadows to tell the time.

As the healing garden wraps around the hospital’s outer edge, play elements include a floating stone fountain and concrete puzzle-piece play features that double as seating for the outdoor movie plaza.

Constructed of recycled glass and locally quarried granite, the serpentine stream advances the hospital’s sustainable agenda while creating aural tranquility for patients, families and healthcare workers.

Project Team: Jaime Vickrey, Jeff Raudabaugh, Brittany Andrews, Kelli Taylor and Justin Lindabury

Details

  • 32-acre hospital at the Robert Mueller Airport redevelopment in Austin, Texas
  • First hospital in the world to achieve LEED Platinum certification
  • Incorporates a greywater irrigation system, green roofs, water features and whimsical elements like a peek-a-boo wall
  • A reclaimed water irrigation system significantly reduces potable water needs
  • Regionally appropriate native and adaptive plants utilizing drip irrigation, in addition to synthetic turf, minimize irrigation needs

Dell Children's Medical Center - Austin, Texas


TBG played a big role in Dell Children’s expansion by including a new healing garden, a memorial plaza with integrated donor naming opportunities for fundraising, and new main entry landscape.

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