Gene Green Regional Park

The 230 acre Gene Green Beltway 8 Regional Park is a collaborative effort by Harris County Engineering, Harris County Precinct Two and the Harris County Flood Control District as a dual use detention basin and park amenity. The community participated in determining park program elements through a series of public meetings with the design team, a steering committee and public agency staff. The park core incorporates an “Xtreme Park” including a Skate Park, a BMX Bike trail, climbing apparatus, sliding elements per local youth interests and trails that tie into the Harris County Regional Trail System. Asakura Robinson Company provided...
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Mandell Park

Mandell Park, situated in Houston’s Montrose District, is an inspiring success story of how a community can come together in support of great public spaces. This beloved community amenity is the result of a 20-plus-year history of neighborhood efforts to transform an abandoned lot, once blighted with weeds and debris, into the beautiful park it is today. Chosen as the winning team in a park design competition, AR worked with the Friends of Mandell Park and the Houston Parks Board to develop the 1.22-acre master plan. The park underwent a remarkable transformation which included upgrading the existing Meredith Gardens, an Urban...
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Federal Reserve Bank Green Roof

Michael Graves’ arousing post-modern Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch building was completed in 2005. Asakura Robinson Company was recently selected to provide innovative, artful and sustainable design for a highly visible 3,000 SF outdoor terrace. The terrace is located at the axis of the facility’s second level board room, meeting rooms and dining rooms. The design provides intriguing, sculptural views from the interior, allows contemplative spaces for staff members between vegetative panels and rippling fountain walls and will also accommodate over 100 guests at each of the 100 plus events scheduled at the facility annually. Various “curtains’ of...
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Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center

Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (NCI), provided a comprehensive community center for the Gulfton/Sharpstown neighborhood of Houston. The center offers resources and information to the community through the following: a family education center including classrooms, library, meeting space and an economic development center; a charter school; a park; and a marketplace. Asakura Robinson Company worked with Concordia, Inc. on the 4.5-acre site to design a multi-use park and a “Marketplace”, a plaza area that will house a community market and an interactive water feature. Other landscape elements include: tree preservation; rainwater collection (used for irrigation and water features); permeable paving; and native...
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The Plaza at Enclave

The Plaza at Enclave, Houston, Texas…   Keiji Asakura took inspiration from the Cullen Sculpture Garden to create a lush courtyard which leads you on a processional journey via fountains and sculptures to enter Core Real Estate’s Plaza at Enclave. An outdoor space that is geometrically opposite to the building’s interior provides interest to the courtyard design. The glass-enclosed walkway between the Class A, 5-story office building and the parking garage appears to float on water as the exterior reflection pool borders both sides of the corridor producing a contiguous visual effect. Material coordination to create indoor/outdoor relationships was particularly...
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Sentry Gateway Business Park

Asakura Robinson Company developed the master plan for the latest COPT business park in San Antonio. The 68-acre LEED Gold Certified park, focuses on pedestrian connectivity, providing safe crossings and a central gathering plaza. The plaza, designed to emphasize local materials, incorporates the key principles of successful place making in the work place: shaded outdoor seating for gathering; fountains that create a cooling affect and audible interest; an art piece elevated on a grassy mound to provide visual identity to the plaza; and the plaza itself, sunken to engage feelings of invitation and intimacy. View project sheet here...
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Westway Business Park

Asakura Robinson Company worked on a series of Class A office buildings in West Houston for the Dienna Nelson Augustine Company. Westway II received LEED Gold Certification. Westway I & III received LEED Silver Certification. Water conserving irrigation systems plus native and adapted plant materials were integrated into the landscape design to aid in the LEED processes. As the more prominent of the buildings, Westway II, shown above, features elegant landscaping surrounding the building entries, a tenant patio on the north side of the building which provides shaded seating areas and displays a unique water feature within the garden. View project sheet here...
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Citation Oil & Gas Corp. Headquarters

Asakura Robinson provided landscape architectural services from schematic design through construction observation for the corporate headquarters of Citation Oil and Gas Corp., which was completed in Spring 2009. The design focused on tree preservation and sustainable landscape elements. Understory plantings of native shrubs, grasses, and perennials complement the naturalistic setting. Native prairie grasses were installed in peripheral areas, reducing the need for frequent mowing and maintenance and providing wildlife habitat. Detention areas also received plantings of native trees, shrubs, and perennials to improve stormwater quality and promote infiltration. The use of native plant material throughout the site reduces the amount...
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Laredo Community College

This expansion campus, completed in 2003, was built to service the growing community college system in Laredo. The outdoor plaza provides a communal space to accommodate gatherings and outdoor learning while shade-trees also encourage interaction outdoors. The plaza’s bell tower creates a clearly defined campus entry while the vehicular roadway that loops around campus offers several points of access while restricting automobile flow within the central campus ensuring a pedestrian-friendly environment. The most important landscape architectural issue for LCC was to provide water conservation planting and an irrigation system that work well with the existing maintenance procedures. View project sheet here....
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Horn Elementary School – HISD

The landscape master plan for Horn Elementary creates a living outdoor laboratory for learning and exploration. As part of the LEED landscape strategy, bioswales are provided to collect, cleanse, and infiltrate stormwater runoff. These natural systems will be incorporated into the science curriculum for studies on plant species, life cycles, water quality, and habitat. Raised vegetable garden beds will allow each classroom to grow food and implement science experiments, as well as promote healthy eating. A nearby rainwater harvesting tank will collect runoff from the building roof and irrigate the vegetable beds, reducing the potable water use on campus. Several different planting areas, such as reforestation beds,...
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Sterling Plaza Renovation – Texas Southern University

Through a Job Order Contract with Texas Southern University, Asakura Robinson Company was awarded the fast-track renovation of the 25,000 SF Student Center entry, Sterling Plaza, dangerously near collapse and in need of immediate attention. Within one week, ARC had coordinated with the engineer and arborist, collaborating feedback on the specialty engineering and tree preservation that ensured project success. ARC quickly provided the University with an engineer’s assessment, a concept plan, a project outline and a cost estimate for demolition and renovation of this critical area. Design commenced on an expedited schedule but, interrupted by Hurricane Ike, construction concluded shortly after the initial goal date. View project sheet here...
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Historic Holman Street Reconstruction

The scope of work involved is a 7,000 foot pedestrian realm along Holman Street. The existing ROW varies from 60’-80’ throughout the project limits. Within the 2008 Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan Holman Street is designated a local street within the street hierarchy system, which is defined as “Less than one mile long; carries little traffic; provides access to homes and local businesses; accommodates on-street parking and pedestrians.” Asakura Robinson Company was engaged to make recommendations to improve and enhance the following features: sidewalks; crosswalks; street trees; pedestrian lighting; curb extensions; bioswales; shared bike lane and Columbia Tap trail; historical markers; bus shelter upgrades and thematic lighting....
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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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Hermann Park Japanese Garden Update

During the restoration of the gardens, Keiji Asakura refreshed the original garden designed by Ken Nakajima in 1984. The garden features a stone lantern, teahouse, waterfalls and exotic plants. The garden hosts events such as the Japan America Society Annual Festival, where visitors can experience and enjoy Japanese traditions such as origami and tea ceremonies. View project sheet here...
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Genesis Park

Keiji Asakura collaborated with notable sculptor, Jene Highstein, on this sculpture fountain at the entry to a multi-family residential/office development adjacent to Hermann Park. The entry experience incorporates a significant public art piece consisting of a 21-foot tall red granite obelisk surrounded by interactive stepping stones set within a flowing water basin. Keiji and Jene merged roles of artist and landscape architect to create an integrated “artwork/sitework”. Stone finishing was realized in Sibhult, Sweden and installed on site by  the Swedish stone masons of ZaarGranit. View project sheet here...
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Memorial / Silver Triangle Park

Leadership Houston Class XXX, contracted Asakura Robinson Company as the design firm  or the new Memorial / Silver Triangle Park. The city-owned site was an unused triangle off  of Memorial Drive close to downtown featuring a dozen beautiful mature oak trees. The park lies along the north Buffalo Bayou trail which connects to downtown by a pedestrian  bridge over Memorial Drive. Concept design options helped the Leadership Houston Class raise $150,000 in privately-donated funds. The design and construction of phase one of the park, which includes walking trail, native trees and grass plantings, and site furnishings, was completed within a six-month time frame. Phase two of the...
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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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Fondren Police Station

Asakura Robinson Company worked with Roth + Sheppard Architects, who collaborated  with local architecture firm, RdlR Architects, to provide a landscape plan for the Fondren Police Station, a state-of-the-art City of Houston Police Department facility. The site includes a secure, fenced and gated parking area for Police staff also used to separate prison transfers from the public. Security lighting is featured throughout the project which is LEED Registered. The minimal landscape plan, which meets City of Houston code, adheres to a strict budget. View project sheet here...
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Brazoria County Park System CIAP Grant

Asakura Robinson Company was retained to provide design services for a 2010 CIAP Grant to Brazoria County to enhance wetlands and habitat with educational opportunities within their park system. The three parks selected for improvements are Quintana Beach Park, Resoft Park and Camp Mohawk. Quintana Beach County Park is a 51-acre beachfront park located on the upper Texas gulf coast with day-use amenities and overnight facilities. Area natural attractions include bird watching, fishing, swimming, surfing, beach-combing, and shelling. ARC was commissioned to add bioswales, wetlands and natural habitat areas to complement the park’s existing amenities. The park, which includes many historic relics, is an important site for...
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Timber Lane Trails

Asakura Robinson designed a short trail system and nine trail heads for the Timber Lane Hike & Bike Trail in Spring, Texas. These trail heads are designed to be visible neighborhood landmarks that guide users throughout the trail system, connecting neighborhood subdivisions to a high quality recreation amenity and to the Mercer Arboreutm and Botanical Gardens. The trail heads will serve as a meeting point, place of rest and orientation, and include a trail map, benches, bike racks, and water fountains. View project sheet here...
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St. James Nature Playscape

Asakura Robinson Company was engaged by Weatherford and Core Real Estate to create a nature-based playground for the Bright Horizon daycare part of the newly renovated Weatherford Houston location. Unlike typical playgrounds which commonly feature large composites of plastic play structures that only engage children in physical play, ARC advocates nature playscapes which incorporate natural elements in order to facilitate healthy child development and encourage growth in a wide range of skills. Nature playscapes are always growing and changing season after season which provides children with new opportunities for play and keeps them interested. Stepping stumps of different heights, natural balance beams, and a lumber bridge...
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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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FM 1960 “Green Medians”

The Green Medians project consisted of the landscaping and irrigation the newly installed medians by TxDOT along FM 1960. The overall project length was 7.67 miles, from just west of SH 249 to just west of IH 45. This project presented itself as a challenging design opportunity, due to the narrow area of work and harsh roadway environment, but Asakura Robinson successfully devised creative design solutions and plant material selections to surpass the client’s needs and expectations. The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce Green Medians Committee, under the leadership of Barbara Schlattman, raised over $515,000 to install irrigation and landscape...
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