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fontaine plaza

austin, texas


Led by dwg., Fontaine Plaza transformed a surface parking lot and road of the former Highland Mall into a centerpiece urban park and new gateway into 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 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. Fontaine Plaza exemplifies adaptive reuse of reclaimed materials, local craftsmanship and a resilient landscape that highlights native plants of Texas and low-impact design.

Additionally, dwg. was commissioned to design an art installation on site. Called “Thicket,” the piece is an abstract of bats in flight — paying homage to the ACC mascot. Part branding and part way-finding, this art piece serves to be a dynamic installation that draws attention to the plaza both day and night.


  • Client: Red Leaf Properties; Austin Community College
  • Civil Engineer: Big Red Dog
  • MEP Engineer: Bay and Associates
  • General Contractor: Strata
  • Lighting Fabrication: Ion Art