The first residential component of Tampa’s new 53-acre downtown master plan, 815 Water Street serves as the terminus of the plan’s green spine, providing views out to the city and the water.
Designed as a set of twins, the two towers are connected by a retail and parking podium. To the west, the 21-story rental tower is perpendicular to Channelside Drive, while to the east, the 26-story condominium tower is angled towards the water, opening up the complex to downtown Tampa. The podium, five levels of parking over a double-height retail floor, is topped by a green roof and fitness facilities for residents.
Condominium residents will enter the building via the Northeast corner, marked by a three-pronged sculptural column that spans the height of the podium. To the west, renters will enter through a chevron curtain wall lobby with natural interiors visible from the street. Retail, anchored by a grocery store, will line Water Street and Channelside Drive activating the streetscape and drawing visitors from the surrounding neighborhood.
The towers’ façades are defined by the units’ exterior terraces, which provide daylighting and allow residents to take advantage of the local climate. The exposed concrete structure with metal railings offer warm materiality, while angular shifts in the balcony planning provides dynamic texture. At the podium level, perforated metal screens shield the open air parking and are subtly angled to catch the light and animate the façade.