4 Examples of Sustainable Commercial Landscape Design in Houston

Ben Collinsworth

The Houston skyline is an impressive sight and pretty recognizable no matter where you’re from.

While maybe not as well known as the growing downtown area, there are several local properties that are just as stunning. Plus, these sites’ levels of efficiency make them even more attractive.

Check out these four examples of sustainable commercial landscape design in Houston.

Brochstein Pavilion

Brochstein Pavilion in Houston, TexasIt doesn’t get much better than the Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University. This award-winning landscape design project transformed 15,000 square feet of unstructured space into a hot spot for students.

The Office of James Burnett created a 6,000-square-foot pavilion, along with several garden rooms that help separate the space. The concrete surrounding the pavilion is a simple pattern that plays to the grid design of the structure.

The live oaks that were added provide plenty of shade, cutting down on the amount of water needed for the surrounding grass and plants. There are also elms near two of the garden rooms.

Adding an element of tranquility are long concrete fountains, which are surrounded by outdoor furniture and sitting areas.

Address: 6100 Main St., Houston

Bethel Park

Once ashen ruins, Bethel Park is now a welcoming place for community members to gather.

The community park is located in Houston’s Fourth Ward and was originally a church before a 2005 fire. The masonry walls that were left after the fire were restored to create an open space.

Landscape designers White Oak Studio also added steel trusses overhead to create structure. To bring back the church ambience, they used steel and color polycarbonate panels to recreate stained glass windows.

Surrounding this transformed space is a grassy, open space, along with maples. There’s also green space inside the walls with brick benches that resemble pews.

Address: 801 Andrews St., Houston

Federal Reserve Houston BranchFederal Reserve Bank

Green roofs are hard to pull off in Houston — or anywhere in Texas, for that matter. But, you can find a successful and sustainable example at the Federal Reserve Bank, which was designed by Asakura Robinson.


The Houston branch building has a 3,000-square-foot outdoor terrace on the roof. It gives employees a place to enjoy the outdoors during the workday.

The landscape design includes fountain walls, a water trough, raised planters, vegetative screens, seating areas and a living wall that further ups the aesthetic value.

Address: 1801 Allen Parkway, Houston

Memorial Hermann Medical Center

Medical facilities are focused on healing, so they are a natural fit for incorporating a sustainable landscape design. We created a tranquil and efficient landscape design for the Memorial Hermann Medical Center in Houston.

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To give patients, visitors and employees a place to take in some natural beauty, we added sustainable and relaxing elements like drought-tolerant plants, a gazebo with built-in benches, pond and fountain.

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The landscape design helps enhance the medical facility and makes the property more efficient — something that can save the site some serious money and resources.

Address: 6411 Fannin St., Houston

Enhance Your Houston Landscape Design

Want to start enjoying all of the benefits a sustainable landscape design can offer? Turn to a professional company with experience incorporating efficient features that will keep owners and tenants happy.

At Native, we provide a full list of commercial landscaping services in Houston and other parts of Texas.

Our budget-conscious approach to landscape design includes a site plan that incorporates your goals, needs and sustainable concepts. We can also install the project and maintain it once it’s finished.

You’ll work with members of our team throughout the entire process — not subcontractors. It’s just one example of our stellar customer service.

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Ben Collinsworth

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Before Ben founded Native Land Design in 2001, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University. He’s an active member of ASLA, HBA of Austin, NHBA, PLANET, and BOMA. Ben, his wife and their three children reside in the Cedar Park area.

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