dwg. is serving as the lead consultant and landscape architect for the transformation of the Fontaine Plaza project at the ACC Highland redevelopment in Austin, Texas. Lead by Redleaf Properties and Austin Community College, the project seeks to transform a former parking lot and road of the old Highland Mall into a centerpiece urban park and gateway statement for the development. The design celebrates the existing heritage trees and creates a vibrant urban open space that celebrates the rich history of the site while also projecting forward an image of environmental innovation, design excellence and social equity. The design focuses on a careful mix of art, technology and lifestyle that places huge emphasis on creating “outdoor rooms” that bind the adjacent developments together in a seamless, unified way. The project exemplifies adaptive reuse of reclaimed materials, local craftsmanship and a resilient landscape that highlights native plants of Texas and low-impact design.
dwg. has been commissioned to design an art installation within the project. Called “Thicket,” the piece is an abstract of bats in flight — paying homage to the ACC mascot. Part branding, part way-finding, this art piece serves to be a dynamic installation that draws attention to the Plaza both day and night.