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    2018 AIA Tampa Bay Design Awards
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Gensler

In the heart of Tampa’s rapidly revitalizing downtown, along its recently completed river promenade, Riverwalk Place will rise over 50 stories to be the tallest building on Florida’s west coast. More significantly, the project will be Tampa’s first urban mixed-use development, complementing the city’s master plan and creating a series of activated spaces supporting work, live, and play lifestyles in one location. The project utilizes the final undeveloped parcel along the Riverwalk and connects to the adjacent MacDill Park, integrating with the urban fabric and extending its social impact beyond property lines.

Drawing inspiration from sail boats and Tampa’s passion for waterside culture, the glass tower swoops skyward with an arc of elegant balconies serving both office and residential floors. A unique arrowhead floor plan eschews the traditional rectangular high-rise footprint and maximizes the best view opportunities across Tampa Bay for tenants and visitors. Ten levels of office space stack above the podium, which elegantly disguises the parking utility behind a façade of undulating copper fins. Atop the office stack is a luxury two-story residential amenity and pool deck, finally resolving in over 30 floors of high-end residential condominiums above.

At the ground level, a dedicated residential lobby faces the street, while the curtain wall massing is raised to become a prominent pedestrian destination facing downtown and integrated with the adjacent park landscape. The sculpted façade reveals an elevated second floor common office lobby, freeing the entire ground floor for restaurants and retail spaces to activate the street and riverfront. The public realm surrounding the tower integrates into the waterfront walk, making Riverwalk Place an integral part of the promenade and an iconic presence on Tampa’s skyline.