| Elkus/Manfredi Architects |
530 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
| Location: |
West Palm Beach, Florida
Size: 3.5 million sq. ft.
Category: New Centers
(more than 1 million sq. ft.)
Firm: Elkus/Manfredi Architects
| CityPlace is a multi-block urban mixed-use development that is comprised of 700,000 sq. ft. of retail, dining and entertainment; hotel; office; housing; a convention center; and cultural components. What was once a blighted area has become the new regional focus for cultural, economic and social life for West Palm Beach and surrounding communities. |
The master plan for the development creates new streetscapes that feature highly detailed facades and a variety of building scales, all while maintaining the original street-grid network. At the heart of CityPlace, the streets converge on a central European-style public plaza featuring animated fountains, and ringed with two levels of dining, shopping and entertainment.
The use of local and regional materials throughout the architecture adds richness to the design while staying true to the region's Mediterranean aesthetic heritage. Arcades, shaded overhangs and balconies, terraces, lush landscaped arborways and colonnades all give the feel of having evolved over time. More than 12 varieties of palms are used in formal rows to define public spaces, give vertical scale, act as a natural screen, provide instant shade and to unify the residential and commercial streetscape. Seasonal color is provided by more than 400 decorative pots; annuals are rotated to provide year-round color.