This award-winning conceptual site and gatehouse design originated from a request by a condo association member to study alternatives that would address several problems with the existing access point to the complex. The entryway was found to have an outdated guardhouse, pedestrian safety problems, confusing circulation, inability for large trucks to maneuver, insufficient signage, and the lack of a clear, defined, and grandiose entrance.
A main entry boulevard and gatehouse were conceived to address the association’s concerns. The simplified plan allowed for truck services to reach the towers, while giving bikers and pedestrian’s longer sight lines to improve safety. An intuitive network of identification signs was proposed to clearly guide new visitors to their destination.
The guardhouse took the form of a welcoming pavilion. The integration of a sculptural form with multiple water features created a pleasant and unique entry statement. As a destination for pedestrians and joggers, a spacious bench was integrated into the design to provide a place for people to stay and enjoy the water or watch traffic.
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