it's been several months since we announced our involvement with a project at park road shopping center; you can read about that here. with the install looming next month, it's time for an update, but first a little background info..
the shopping center is comprised of three buildings that follow the topography of the site. these three buildings are connected by a covered walkway. at the moment, the center is a bit monotonous and it can be hard to find your way around, unless you're a regular! to alleviate this, the center is going to be broken up into three 'districts'. the furniture selections will help define each district, along with new signage. take a look at the lounge seating being used...
we're using two types of benches, these will be sprinkled around the entire complex.
there is an existing green space between two of the buildings, this one leads to sir edmond halley's restaurant. i highly recommend trying it out, fantastic menu! the temporary furniture is cute and very retro, but we're replacing it with this...
there are two main connectors at the center. one that spans from michael's to the park terrace cinema, and one that spans from mccraine's pipe shop to fuel pizza. these connectors will have their own furnishings and planters mixed with our benches.
we chose a signature planter for the center. once we saw it at market, we knew it was the perfect choice. these are brand new and in production as we speak. these will punctuate walkways and pop against the newly painted brown concrete floors.
we were asked to find another planter to go in front of all thirty columns along the facade of the shopping center, after the original plan of removing the concrete and planting a climbing vine at the base of each column didn't work out. we found this great geometric option, it's nice and dark so it won't take away from the main furnishings.
something we were just asked to tackle, was finding a third planter that could be used to mark areas to cross the parking lot. the way the parking lot has been repaved, it can be a bit confusing what is a parking area vs. what is a pedestrian area. these planters are tall, bright and will help guide patrons where to safely walk.
we handled every piece of outdoor furniture, even down to the trash receptacles. we're using the concrete option in uncovered areas, and the wood clad option under the canopy.
and that's a small update! of course we'll share install photos and let you know when you can head over to check it out for yourself. until next time, design swell. live well.