The focal point of this waterfront community is an expansive 5,600 square meters (60,000 square foot) recreation deck designed to inspire the residents to enjoy and explore the outdoor environment.
World Architecture & Design Awards 2019
Honorable Mention | Category: Landscape Design
Architects: Erez Bar-Nur
Studio: Landscape Design Workshop
Country: United States
The project is located in the City of Aventura, consisting of two 22-story towers overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and Williams Island. The amenity deck spans the space between the two towers and sits on top of a parking garage. Half of the community’s 600 units have a direct view of the deck from their balconies.
The recreation deck is divided into three activity zones: the pool deck and cabana court area, the café and putting green area and the tennis courts in between.
The landscape architect created a grid system based on the structural columns of the garage below. This grid system provides the rhythm for the design, but also serves a practical purpose; all structural elements are placed directly over a column below to minimize the need for structural reinforcing.
The swimming pool includes decorative fountain bowls to provide a soothing sound of cascading water. New planters frame the pool deck, each planter is centered on a column supporting the garage below. These planters define the palm and cabana courts, they also provide additional shade and reduce the scale of the pool deck.
The tennis courts presented a challenge. The recommended north-south orientation was impossible to achieve because the deck is not wide enough. As a compromise, the landscape architect oriented the tennis courts east-west and reduced the spaces between the two courts to the minimum allowed by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). The playing surface is a specialized artificial grass infilled with sand, providing an outstanding playing surface and a relief from the large paving fields.
The café area is anchored with a covered bar. Completing the dining terrace are two summer kitchens, located on both sides of the café structure. Next to the dining terrace is the putting green, providing an additional activity and a socializing opportunity. A wood trellis and large circular planters planted with Wild Date Palms define the major axis of symmetry and provide a breakout space for the adjacent club room.
The landscape architect led to the development of this amenity deck in a creative way within the context of the structure. It also led to the creation of a successful community centerpiece with a resort lifestyle for the enjoyment of its residents.