Avenue Place Master Plan

Asakura Robinson Company prepared Master Plan options for this 21.48-acre brownfield development for a non-profit development organization specializing in affordable single family and multi-family housing in the City of Houston. The resulting master plan includes 96 single family lots and 144 units of multi-family housing (Avenue Place). Future development on a 2.13-acre unrestricted reserve is intended to include retail services at this time. Our firm provided physical design as well as processing services for Houston Planning Commission approval for the General Plan, variance requests and the single family preliminary plat. The plan also focused on utilizing an existing storm sewer...
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WR Sage

WR Sage West is a 22-story high-rise apartment building located in the Houston Uptown district near the Galleria shopping center. Asakura Robinson Company worked closely with the architect (Mitchell Carlson Stone, Inc.) on the 6th floor roof top outdoor space which includes swimming pool and spa, sun decks, shade structure and outdoor kitchen as well as lighting to promote night time usage. In addition, due to the harsh Houston summer environment, ARC was asked to develop a plant palette that ensures the plants thrive with minimal maintenance. Drip irrigation will be provide to reduce water consumption and meet LEED Certified standards. View Project Sheet here....
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Weber Residence

The Weber Estate encompasses 160 Acres of heavily wooded property northwest of Houston.  The owners have transformed 40 acres into a Japanese style garden called River Bend Garden.  Garden features include footbridges, grottos, waterfalls, boardwalks, iris bogs, ponds, streambeds, islands and pavilions.  Thousands of exotic and native tree species have been planted within the garden.  Keiji Asakura has provided the ongoing design as well as construction supervision over the past 15 years for this unique residential development. View project sheet here...
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The Oaks

The Oaks is a 27-duplex, partially gated, affordable housing site located at 4300 Broadway in Galveston. The development was a collaborative effort between Galveston Housing Authority’s Non-Profit entity (GRACE), HUD, the City of Galveston, and local philanthropic foundations. For the landscape plan of the fourth phase of the project, Asakura Robinson Company mirrored phase one in design, using similar plant material that is either native or adapted to the coastal environment to complete a consistent look. Live Oaks, Oleander, Sabal Palm, California Fan Palm, Natal Plum and Foxtail Fern are all incorporated into the design along with an adequate irrigation system. The development, aimed at elderly residents and...
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Wallace Residence

A traditional Japanese water-theme design was adapted to incorporate the plain of grass to represent water. A bridge over the “water”, rock placement, irises and birch trees accentuated the desired environment. A bamboo screen was used to provide privacy from neighbors. The front garden design was kept to a more traditional theme to compliment the existing neighborhood gardens. View project sheet here...
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Wales Residence

Keiji Asakura brings the outdoors inside of this Houston residence with a series of ‘rooms’ designed in a minimalist style representing various Zen ideals. The water that flows down the granite water wall, sculpted by Jesus Morales, is symbolically continued in the interior courtyard’s carefully selected river stone and planting beds which create more ‘water’. A true Japanese Zen garden is best depicted by ‘dry’ water, this theme is continued in the front garden which flows with undulating mounds of selected plant materials and rocks, even the driveway is complemented to represent a river bed. View project sheet here...
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Virginia Point

Asakura Robinson Company provided a landscape plan for Virginia Point, Houston’s first LEED Platinum home, recognized as achieving the very highest level of sustainable design. The landscape plan takes into careful consideration the large footprint on the home’s compact urban lot. Landscaping was limited by the inclusion of an extensive deck which wraps around the home and geothermal pipes which are immersed throughout the site. To maximize the potential for plant material a “Greenscreen” was installed and planted with vines, native plant material was installed throughout the back yard and side deck, pots and planters where maximized and edible herbs...
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McPike Residence

This modern landscape and pool design extends Val Glitch’s architecture into the gardens through simple abstractions and pure geometric forms. An unusual use of Zoysia Grass as lawn allows a wispy, un-mowed presentation. A collection of scented plants such as gardenia and sweet olive entertain the owner and her guests within the private garden areas. Several massive live oak trees are pruned, preserved and intricately integrated with the architecture and landscape improvements. View project sheet here...
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Inverness Residence

This award-winning landscape design reflects the minimalist architecture by Strasser Ragni Architects. Garden elements include a partial turf roof, rooftop terraces and a pool. The design features multiple circular geometries with a strong linear axis linking the rear, central and front gardens. View project sheet here...
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Antigua Estate

The new owners of this tranquil property in Jumby Bay, Antigua, employed Asakura Robinson Company and Gensler architects to renovate the property. ARC provided conceptual design which includes: Inviting entry; courtyard entry with gate; fountain element; lighting design; seating area; outdoor living area which includes bar and grill; connectivity to the west beach access; seating and features around master bedroom and pool areas; updated planting plan including more suitable, indigenous varieties. View project sheet here...
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Canal Street SRO Apartments

New Hope Housing, Inc. develops and operates affordable, single room occupancy (SRO) housing with access to social services. The New Hope Board has developed a strategic plan to build and operate 1,000 SRO units in the downtown Houston area by the end of the decade. As part of this plan, New Hope Housing facilitated the development and construction of the Canal Street Apartments. The Second Ward/East End location’s median income of $10,500 is well below the poverty level. Asakura Robinson Company provided landscape design for the development in collaboration with the project architect, Val Glitsch, FAIA. View project sheet here...
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