Coral Gables, FL
The Plaza Coral Gables is a $700M mixed-use development in the heart of Coral Gables’ central business district and consists of approximately 2.1 million sf of space on three city blocks. The site also houses a historic building that was once the office of the City’s developer, George Merrick, which will be used as Agave Holdings’ new office.
The site design carefully balances the functional, environmental, and pedestrian requirements of its urban setting. Lifescapes was commissioned to provide elegant, distinctive surroundings for a luxury hotel, two office towers, dining, retail, and entertainment space, and approximately 170 residences.
A grand lawn with a large water feature and children’s play area serves as the focal point of the park-like setting. Outdoor eating areas, open lawn for events and lounging as well as numerous seating niches are spread around the project to encourage people to stroll, eat, and enjoy the garden experience. A walking promenade along the retail frontage allows for partially covered passage so visitors can have a unique indoor/outdoor experience. The centerpiece food venue adjacent to the grand lawn invites guests to grab a quick bite and relax along the turf edge. This area also serves as the entertainment hub and will allow the hosting of seasonal events and festivities ranging from small concerts and parties to holiday tree lighting and ice skating.