currie park

“By far the greatest and most admirable form of wisdom is that needed to plan and beautify cities and human communities.”


A pair of leafy ramblas will allow people to stroll from the city center of West Palm Beach directly into the middle of the lagoon. Here, we will find a floating plaza that sits on the water, partly under the sea level, thanks to a system of responsive air chambers similar to the ones used by submarines. The floating peninsula will incorporate a series of public facilities, including an organic restaurant with its own hydroponic cultivations, a circular pool, an auditorium and a water plaza. The floating plaza, sitting on the safe waters of Lake Worth Lagoon, will be built upon a series of air chambers that automatically open and close, releasing or taking in water according to the number of people that are walking on the surface.

Back on the mainland, the master plan will coalesce around a newly expanded Currie Park, which will extend out across the city from its current waterfront location via a pair of leafy ramblas. The project will anchor a new, lively part of the city, featuring residential towers, a pool terrace overlooking the sea and a retail area that will include a food hall dedicated to organic products.

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a project by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati
venue: West Palm Beach, Florida
photos credits: CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati
date: October 2016