We are so thrilled to be working on the landscape at the iconic Green Pastures in South Austin. Mattie's, the new restaurant, has officially opened and the gorgeous space is getting a lot of attention.
Mark Word Design had the pleasure of working on the landscape of Hotel San Cristóbal, a beautiful new hotel in Todos Santos, Mexico. Read more about it in Wall Street Journal Magazine (link below).
We are thrilled that a couple of our projects in collaboration with Mell Lawrence Architects and Furman + Keil Architects will be featured on the AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016! This year's Homes Tour will be on October 15-16; tickets will go on sale September 15 on the AIA Austin's website (click link below).
The repetition of a singular plant creates a dramatic visual impact.
The tough sward shape-leaves of the Agave palmeri is a powerful contrast to Nader Khalili's smooth superadobe house in Pescadero, Mexico.
A grid of Texas Sotol [Dasylirion texanum] creates a visually striking and memorable landscape at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas.
At Mark Word Design we use masses to highlight the structure of a particular plant, while simultaneously reducing the overall maintenance of the garden.
The East Side Collective is hosting a Pre-SXSW Designer Showcase on Wednesday, March 9. Come out and enjoy free drinks, music, and good company.
Mark Word Design was recently featured in the Spring 2016 issue of the Garden Design Magazine. In the article Mark is interviewed for his recommendations for planting in central Texas.
As we ring in the New Year, we would like to document the work we completed over the past twelve months. Please enjoy our photo essay of 2015.
The Austin American Statesman recently published an article about a 1950s remodel combining the original charms with sensible improvements . We are proud to be part of the design team, along with Clayton & Little (Architecture), Mark Ashby Design (Interior Architecture), Burnish & Plumb (Project Management).
Our collaboration with Furman + Keil Architects was featured on the Custom Residential Architects Network Tour (CRAN Tour).
The Scenic Drive residence was one of the original stone cottages in a lakeside pocket of west Austin. The new design attempts to retain the quirkiness and character of the existing cottage, while thoughtfully adding to it to create an intimately scaled modern home. Nestled into a compact and sloping site that features huge live oaks, the home connects to the outdoors with steel and glass boxes that break out of the simple massing of the cottage. The garage is bunkered into the site allowing for a rooftop deck and outdoor living space that sneaks views of Lake Austin.
The Post Oak project was recently featured in Rodale's Organic Life Magazine in the September Water Issue. Many thanks to Pam Penick for the wonderful article and Wynn Meyers for the photographs.
A few of our projects have been featured in a recent Dwell article. These homes are surely reasons we love Austin, TX.
Congratulations to our friends and collaborators at Andersson-Wise Architects and Alterstudio for the deserved recognition that they received from AIA Austin.
Alterstudio Architecture received a Design Award for Lake View Residence and the 2015 Firm Achievement Award, the highest honor that AIA bestows upon a single outstanding firm each year.
Check out AIA's video of the project below.
Pink spiderwort (Tradescantia gigantea) is in full effect in central Texas. If you live in Austin, it's probably already in your garden.
Often overlooked during wildflower season, it is glorious in mass plantings under trees or at the shady periphery of a meadow garden. New fuchsia blooms deepen to dark violet on tall stalks.
Bees love it. We do too.