Botaniko Sales Gallery
City of Weston, Florida
2017 Architecture MaterPrize™ Award Winning Project
2018 APDC*IDA Design Excellence Award winning project
Reflecting water surfaces, lush sculptural planting and contemporary art fuse together in this real estate sales gallery, located in the city of Weston.
The client wished to create a sales gallery that feels more like a residence rather than a commercial sales center. Our solution was to distill the essence of the future residential community and to use it as a guide. What emerged from this investigation was the importance of water, strong indoor-outdoor relationship and the integration of art work.
The sales gallery is composed of 2 main volumes connected by a ‘glass box’. The first volume is the reception area whereas the second space contains a model unit and sample materials. The outdoor spaces relate to the indoor spaces, with the vehicular arrival court relating to the reception area and the sculpture court relating to the model unit.
The vehicular court is designed to evoke the feeling of arriving home, almost like a residential driveway. The sound of cascading water, lush planting and wide inviting steps welcome the visitors. The entry fountain provides a residential scale and visually connects the arrival court with the glazed interior volume. The arrival court planting is akin to the future streetscape planting, dominated by native planting.
The sculpture court relates both to the outdoor arrival space and to the interior model unit space. We designed the sculpture court so it can be experienced from a moving car as well as from within. A visitor driving into the arrival court experiences the dynamic views of the sculpture surrounded by a reflecting water feature and a bosque of Wild Date Palms. Once in the courtyard, the visitor experiences the different layers of water and planting with the artwork anchoring the space. The court’s center piece is a 12’x12’x12’ fiberglass, stainless steel and automotive paint sculpture. The symmetrical arrangement of the palm planting is broken to provide alternating areas of sun and shade with open areas required for sales events.
In this project we designed the outdoor spaces surrounding this sales gallery to showcase the essence of the upcoming community: water, lush planting, indoor-outdoor dialogue and art.