CLADmag issue4 2018

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RESIDENTIAL

We’ve given a huge amount of thought to how these spaces will be experienced how to create spaces for our neighbours to engage with one another in the community,” he explains. “Because of this special emphasis, we designed the public spaces first, and the buildings second.” Landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand worked in partnership with Water Street Tampa’s master planner Elkus Manfredi Architects on the design of the public spaces. The team designed the public realm around three core aims: to improve connections, to prioritise pedestrian comfort and to provide a wide diversity of public spaces. Water Street – a historic Tampa street that is being redesigned as part of the project – will run through the heart of the neighborhood. “We’re re-prioritising what used to drive the design of streets,” Reed Hilderbrand co-founder Gary Hilderbrand said in a video released by SPP. “We’re channelling the cars — giving them less room, having them stay less time — and creating a whole other type of public realm. Now we’re talking about pedestrians as the most important members of the street community.”

Kohn Pederson Fox’s 815 Water Street has just broken ground

To this end, 60 per cent of the street’s use is dedicated to pedestrians, says Nozar. Water Street will feature a 45-ft-wide landscaped promenade shaded by a double row of mature trees and will include plazas and outdoor spaces for residents and visitors to eat, gather and socialise in. It will also improve the connections from the surrounding neighbourhoods to Tampa’s waterfront, and include a range of water features. A centralised district cooling facility – currently under construction – will serve the neighbourhood’s buildings and will free up the rooftops that would otherwise include individual cooling towers. These rooftops will instead feature landscaped green roofs and a range of active amenity

CLAD mag 2018 ISSUE 4