Solana MasterplanWestlake, Texas, US
The original master plan was done by Peter Walker over 30 years ago for the Texas headquarters for IBM. Dominated by an extraordinary landscape of parterres, vistas and tailored trees and shrubs it has provided for a variety of new offices a hotel and some retail in the ensuing years. Keating Khang has worked on the property to extend the initial development for many years and many iterations of development. As the interior designers for the hotel, and later as agents of repositioning the older buildings to accommodate new users, the plan itself required a full new design, especially when natural gas was discovered beneath the property. Knowing where development of both new offices, new headquarters as well as new housing could take place while still accommodating appropriate locations for gas wells was the essence of this plan.