A residential and commercial development is imagined as a mineral landscape transitioning between an urban edge and an active waterfront. Following the grain of the architecture, paving is comprised of self-same units that have been scaled up and down to differentiate spaces, from smaller intimate spaces to expansive plazas. This pattern evokes a geologic cracking which unifies the ground plane with the surrounding architecture while providing a thematic framework for further invention.
At the urban edge, lush vegetation is used to soften the space while providing an acoustic and visual buffer from the adjacent roadway. The paving pattern gives form to a series of stormwater gardens that collect and filter urban runoff. At the main entry points, sculptural stainless-steel rocks serve as both wayfinding elements and contemporary paifang gateways to the Palm Tree Avenues which connect to the Waterfront Rocks Corridor beyond. Along these avenues, boulder pavilions, composed of metal lattice provide areas of shade, gathering, and respite.
At the waterfront, the paving culminates in a waterside plaza with faceted seating elements, sculptural lattice shade structures, and outdoor dining platforms. Timber terraces aggregate from this plaza, leading down to a water plaza adjacent to the waterway, promoting an intimate relationship with the water’s edge. A stage, positioned at the apex of this space, allows for performances with multiple surrounding promontory spaces for audience enjoyment.