If you follow the HomesAndCondosBlog, you know how much we love Bjarke Ingels Group, better known as BIG, an architectural firm based out of Denmark. You may have stumbled upon some of our previous blog posts about our favourite residential/mixed-use communities by BIG, like their W57, Grove at Grand Bay, the Hashtag Towers, Europa City, and they even have a design for a Vancouver condo.
Most of BIG’s projects are located in Europe or Asia, but they have recently announced another mixed-use design for a site in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and it goes by the name of Marina Lofts.
Working with Cymbal Development, BIG has once again come up with a unique design. The entire Marina Lofts community is estimated to cost approximately $250 million; it will feature 1,000 rental apartments, 10,000 square feet of restaurants, and 25,000 square feet of retail. The total community area reaches over 860,000 square feet.
The site is located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, along the New River. Marina Lofts will act as the special piece of the puzzle that will unite the waterfront, hopefully giving it the kickstart that it really needs.
Going into the design stage, BIG and Cymbal focused on two things: an interesting design, and creating a more vibrant public space along the waterfront.
Currently, the site is occupied by a 250-boat garage, which allows boats to pull in directly off New River. Rather than demolishing the needed garage and building a new one, BIG designed the base of their towers around the garage’s entrance. So, boats will be able to pull right into Marina Lofts!
As you can see by the photos, the most interesting aspect of Marina Lofts is definitely the break in between the two residential towers. The split between the two towers opens the public to the waterfront, creating more foot traffic between the New River and the residential area. The third tower will feature commercial space, and will have a cafe and restaurant at street level.
We are confident that BIG’s design for this significant Fort Lauderdale site will be the addition that the waterfront needs to get back into the swing of things. Construction is scheduled to commence in December 2013, so we will definitely be keeping our eye on this development as the end of the year approaches!