Calvin, Giordano & Associates’ design proposal for the redevelopment of the Las Olas Boulevard sought to create an iconographic and unique experience at this very important destination by manipulating the spatial experiences and the aesthetic quality of the immediate area. Of important interests were the threshold experiences that marked a visitor’s entrance into this destination, envisioned as a cultural hub that celebrates to character and dynamic quality of Fort Lauderdale and its diverse population. Entrances were flanked by garage structures that doubled as opportunities to establish gateway conditions of important architectural character and by specialty paving and vegetative strategies that reinforced the realignment of Las Olas Boulevard as it approached A1A and the beachfront. At the culmination of the intersection was a uniquely envisioned public space in what is today a parking lot, sized and detailed in a manner that could accommodate grand spectacles and culturally-significant community events but that had the spatial dimensions and scale to still remain humanized and comfortable for day-to-day activities. The vision also made great emphasis in unifying the overall area through paving strategies and prioritized both the ocean and bay views with important architectural elements, such as an overhead canopy condition at the beach and a plaza area with destination restaurants on the bayside.
City of Fort Lauderdale