Rosemary Square

  • Location
    West Palm Beach, FL
  • Completion Date
    December, 2019
  • Size
    1.7 acres
  • Team
    Architect: Elkus Manfredi Architects
    Civil Engineer: Kimley-Horn
    Water Feature Designer: Jeppe Hein
    Gehl
    Matt Hadden
  • Photography
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About

This retail development has been holistically integrated into its surroundings, defining a destination that draws people for shopping, dining, art, landscape and gathering. Realized as a design-build renovation, an existing 1.7-acre retail plaza has been replanned as a vibrant center for community, animated with custom artworks and lush plantings. Taking cues from the Mediterranean style architectural language, new paving and plantings offer shade and seasonal interest and a backdrop for gatherings and events.

The most successful element in welcoming people to Rosemary Square is a new organization at grade, with paving that blurs the boundary between the plaza and the road, to seamlessly accommodate large gatherings. This curbless approach signals both accessibility and welcome.

An open lawn and water feature occupy the flexible central space of the plaza, programmed with free events such as fitness classes, musical performances, holiday celebrations, movie nights, and more. A lushly planted palm grove and custom wood seating strike an arc that frames this central gathering zone. Planted terraces with palm and banyan trees are located along the curved arcade of shops and restaurants, providing shaded seating areas that invite the public to linger. Two significant works of public art add to the civic ambience.

“The Wishing Tree”, an LED banyan tree sculpture by Symmetry Labs is made up of 10,000 synthetic leaves containing 100,000 LED bulbs. A custom curved wood bench encircles the sculpture and immerses visitors in the colors of the dynamic light.

Jeppe Hein’s “Water Pavilion West Palm” is a counterpoint to the light sculpture. The water installation invites visitors to interact with randomized vertical columns of water that are arranged to create up to three distinct rooms in the plaza.