Lewisville, TX

The Realm at Castle Hills

An Animated Urban Oasis for Sophisticated Texans

status

Ongoing

client

Bright Realty

expertise

Mixed Use, Retail

services

Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Land Planning

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Activating Space with Water

Inspired by Texas vernacular design, The Realm at Castle Hills blends an urban attitude with a relaxed style for an unmatched retail and entertainment destination.

Envisioned as a social hub for residents, The Realm will bring a dynamic mix of retail, office space, residences, and entertainment to the Castle Hills community in Lewisville, Texas. Upon completion, this 324-acre mixed use center will include more than one-million square feet of commercial development and over 4,000 multi-family units within a sophisticated, well-connected setting.

In addition to land planning, LandDesign’s team of landscape architects and civil engineers provided design services for the first phase of development, which includes a 260-unit multi-family building, a nine-story Class A office building, and 50,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space centered around an expansive urban park, known as Crescent Park. Crescent Park captures the ethos of The Realm by using a fountain focal point with choreographed water and light displays, as well as featuring multiple outdoor performance spaces.

 

Our Vision

Tapping Into the Community's Distinct Sense of Place

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Straddling the development’s main road, Crescent Park acts as the arrival plaza to The Realm, setting the tone for the lively, experience-rich community destination. The central hub of community activity, Crescent Park features multiple outdoor rooms and a variety of engaging water features for intimate gatherings as well as large-scale events, instilling a sense of pride and camaraderie among residents.

Inspired by the classic gothic-style forms of the Castle Hills community and infused with a contemporary design, The Realm integrates stone and ornamentation within the landscape to enrich the visitor’s experience and tie into Castle Hills’ distinct sense of place.

The Challenge

Integrating High-Density Urban Forms Into the Existing Community Fabric

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Spanning 2,900-acres, the Castle Hills development crosses two cities and eight districts, resulting in varying zoning requirements and city codes across the project. To ease constraints, LandDesign worked closely with the City of Lewisville and City of Carrollton to create a cohesive community standard that unifies the Castle Hills neighborhood and bridges the cities under Planned Development (PD) zoning.

A Pedestrian-Friendly Environment

Future phases of The Realm include additional office, retail, and multi-family space, as well as a boutique hotel and a lakefront entertainment district with an outdoor amphitheater. Once completed, The Realm will be a pedestrian-friendly urban environment, connected to the greater Castle Hills community by an extensive trail system.

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Our Approach

A Modern Retail Expression That Embraces the Character of the Existing Castle Hills Development

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Physical

Utilize natural stone materials and water focal elements to weave together spaces and experiences for a fresh, yet familiar atmosphere reflective of the character of the Castle Hills community

Functional

Set the urban, pedestrian-oriented tone for the development with a dynamic central park that acts as drop-off zone, gathering space, and focal point

Social

Enrich the visitor's experience with memorable, high-quality spaces for events and performances, elaborate water elements, and unique retail offerings

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Physical

Utilize natural stone materials and water focal elements to weave together spaces and experiences for a fresh, yet familiar atmosphere reflective of the character of the Castle Hills community

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Functional

Set the urban, pedestrian-oriented tone for the development with a dynamic central park that acts as drop-off zone, gathering space, and focal point

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Social

Enrich the visitor's experience with memorable, high-quality spaces for events and performances, elaborate water elements, and unique retail offerings