Montgomery Farm, a planned development on more than 650 acres of native landscape on the border between Plano and Allen is a model for the environmentally conscious community. Each development parcel is conceived as being interconnected within the flowing landforms, verdant greenways and open meadows that exist there today. The Connemara Conservancy and Gardens of Connemara, 200+ acres of permanent open green space full of abundant wildlife, will be immediately accessible to residents by a scenic woodlands and wetland ‘hike and bike’ system.
The community development plan defines ten smaller scale neighborhoods easily accessible by a variety of beautiful winding streets. Groves of mature trees are preserved, maintained and interspersed throughout in a series of garden parks, designed to give each neighborhood a distinctive identity. They create small, scaled green spaces, courtyards, parks and gardens to break the long procession of facades and define a sense of place. These provide areas for casual community gatherings and pleasant vistas of the neighborhood. A rich diverse mix of traditional and contemporary architectural styles is placed in artful relationships with one another. The placement and layout of the buildings are strategically organized to afford maximum views of the beauty of nature while ensuring visual privacy from the outside.
Nothing is to be planned or constructed which depends on the destructive consumption of precious natural resources. The spirit of living a life in balance is represented in both the form and details of the architecture and its natural setting.
The Angel Field Wellness Center designed by Oglesby Greene, Inc. is one of the major developments within the master plan of Montgomery Farm in Allen, Texas. The development goal is to combine health care office suites with spa, fitness, and recreational uses into a destination luxury “wellness” facility. The campus, consisting of Office Space, Spa, and Fitness Center, is roughly 165,000 square feet.
The challenge is met with a composition of simple, well detailed buildings placed in a protected natural setting that, by virtue of the use of extensive landscaping, natural building materials and covered subgrade parking, creates a healthy lifestyle value for the surrounding residential community and provides ecologically inspired workplaces for a growing variety of wellness industry practices.
Each building is built with materials that create both visual sense of openness and a feeling of permanence in the place. The most noticeable elements on the buildings facades are the fieldstone walls with cast stone trim.
Both the design and construction of the Angel Field Wellness Center will conform to the United States Green Buildings Council - LEED CS – with a total credit qualification at the ‘Platinum’ level.
The Bethany Entries were conceived as the centerpiece of the single family residential developments at Montgomery Farm. Views of traffic on Bethany Drive from the Meadow and the Arbor neighborhoods are controlled by the intervention of raised land forms. In keeping with the topographic language established in the Community Development Plan these main entrances were conceived as way to enhance and extend the continuity of the sculptural forms.
The overall character of the entries is in keeping with the nature, ecology and aesthetics of this place. Each entry is a different structural solution but they function in the same essential manner. The heightened crest of the berm is carried over each of the intersecting streets dramatically increasing a sense of arrival or departure. The stone terracing visually flows with the terrain as acts an extension of the underlying geological strata. Passing motorists perceive these features as a significant landmark that signals their emergence into another place…residents and pedestrians on the other side gain a larger sense of separation from the pace of the streaming traffic. The pastoral experience is elevated and perhaps even amplified in the minds of all those who are in this place.
The Cisternae, located at Connemara Crossing in Montgomery Farm is conceived to be a significant milepost as one moves through the development. Oglesby Greene worked closely with artist Brad Goldberg to develop the design for the 120' sustainable structure. The electrical energy produced by the windmill is used to circulate water from the pond and gently have it fall from the top of the stone structure. The visual effect is a 27' high wet cylindrical stone wall rising from a still pond and gives new meaning to water features as an attraction. The dual ponds capture run off from the surrounding catchment areas and cleanses it before it runs downstream.