04 Dec The Inspiration Behind Riverwalk Place’s stunning architectural design
Architecturally world-class, Riverwalk Place will rise more than 50 stories over the riverfront, with its luxury condominiums enjoying an iconic new status, and activating the urban landscape of downtown Tampa.
To create the tallest and most distinctive residential tower on Florida’s Gulf Coast – and the first of its kind in downtown Tampa in years – the developers of Riverwalk turned to the internationally-renowned Gensler architectural firm.
A world leader in leveraging the power of design
Gensler’s visionary projects include the 127-story Shanghai Tower, the second-tallest building in the world, and China’s 69-story Qianhai Shimao tower, one of the tallest “twisting” towers in the world. While impressive towers are their specialty, with Riverwalk Place, Gensler’s goal was more than just designing a tall tower.
The coveted location of Riverwalk Place called for a very special design, embracing the sparkling Hillsborough River, and extending the connectivity of the waterfront promenade and adjacent park space. The entire ground floor will be merged with the park and walkway to create a 150-yard-long promenade of premier restaurants and shops. For both the architects and developers, Feldman Equities and Two Roads Development, a focus on pedestrian engagement at the ground floor was a driving factor behind the design of Riverwalk Place.
Gensler’s inspired design for the Riverwalk Place tower features a footprint shaped like an arrowhead pointing southwest toward Tampa Bay. Its outwardly curving sides with a “bow” pointed toward the bay will give nearly every office and residence a spectacular water view. The placement of the balconies, wrapping almost all the way around the uppermost floors, create an elegant, three-dimensional sail-shaped outline peaking at the top of the tower, evoking Tampa’s maritime history and character.
Interiors at the height of luxury
To ensure the inside of this unparalleled structure matched its impressive exterior, Gensler designed the building interiors along with celebrity designer and international tastemaker Thom Filicia, an original cast member of the TV show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. His A-list clientele includes Tina Fey, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Jennifer Lopez, Delta Air Lines and W Hotels. At Riverwalk Place, his stunning interiors will define the modern, yet classic ambiance of a downtown Tampa address without peer.
With a premier location, design, architecture and amenities unlike anything the region has seen, Riverwalk Place is destined to become the new social and residential hub of the downtown core.
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