Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2017

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76 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Discovery at the Realm is envisioned as the first of many phases of the mixed-use center to Castle Hills, a master planned community of more than 2,000 acres in Lewisville, Texas. Combined with a prominent location in the community, the project was poised to set an important precedent. From the beginning, the developer wanted something different – not just your typical apartment complex – but a place with a greater sense of community and authenticity to stand the test of time. Of course amenities were important, but walkability was paramount – with over 400 units spread between three buildings, there had to be a good reason for residents to get out of their cars, and their buildings, and be a part of the community. As the landscape architect and civil engineer consultants on this project, LandDesign was responsible for master planning as well as detailed design for the entire exterior of the project. As initial site plans evolved, ideas began to coalesce around a central water body that would function as part of the site's stormwater management as well as a gathering place. To work with the site's varied topography it would have to be stepped – the perfect opportunity to introduce a waterfall, creating white noise and adding a vertical visual terminus to the arrival sequence. That varied topography also meant that amenities – of which there are many – needed to be spread throughout the site. An urban-feeling promenade evolved Top: Walkability was a priority. The promenade surrounding the lake connects the area's amenities, including fire features, outdoor living spaces, and grilling areas in the building courtyards. The lake is surrounded by 25 mature elms planted in engineered pits. Bottom: Measuring in at 65' long, the waterfall in the lake was made from Hackett stone. The nearly 350 tons of stone used wasn't quite enough to stabilize soils, so underground concrete piers, slabs and walls support the system. Depending on stormwater needs, the water level in the lower lake fluctuates. . . .a place with a greater sense of community and authenticity to stand the test of time.

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