Wannemacher Jensen Architects
The Madeira Beach City Hall is situated at the west end of a municipal complex consisting of a city hall, fire station, recreation center, and community park. This project provided the opportunity to weave together large multi-use public space with core civic activity. The highly functional municipal structure blends with parkland to form a community center. It fosters new relationships between public space and public service allowing exterior circulation to be used by all as event spaces. Even the commission chambers can be used by the community for other events. The chamber is purposely extracted from the typical interior location and is exposed as a transparent volume that serves both as a place of civic engagement and as a lantern that invites people to the expansive park and waterfront edge.
Our inspiration draws from aspects of nature, fitness, outdoor activity and waterfront views. The new city hall’s basic program requirements include office areas, building department services, commission chamber, multipurpose room, a small gym, and a covered boardwalk. With the use of extensive Low-E glass, flexible interior office space, covered exterior circulation along the north façade, and an elevated structure; the building promotes opportunities to reduce energy consumption, actively engage with the outdoor environment, and promote wellness for city staff and the general public in a positive and familiar atmosphere. This city hall is truly for all residents to play, work, and govern.