Housing and Hospitality
GUND Partnership has a distinguished history of creating signature hotels, resorts and multi-family residences that attract and engage visitors and harmonize with their surroundings. With more than more than 10,000,000 square feet of destination property across the US and abroad, each project is a unique response to the aspirations of each client, characterized by a deep sensitivity to context, and functional and financial success.
An emphasis on nature and passive recreation promotes comprehensive physical and mental wellness at the new cutting-edge senior living community in Northeast Ohio.
South Franklin Circle is a new cutting-edge active adult senior living community located within walking distance of the quaint village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. GUND Partnership master planned the community with a village square and smaller outlying parcels to promote community engagement, connection to nature and comprehensive physical and mental wellness.
The new senior living community is anchored by a Community Center with a public restaurant, fitness center and indoor swimming pool, among other residential amenities.
The 82-acre site is surrounded by several acres of naturally occurring wetlands, meadows, and forests. GUND worked with the Oehme van Sweden, Washington, DC based landscape architect, to design the network of public greenways, walking trails, interpretive gardens, several acres of natural and reforested woodlands, and restored upland and lowland meadows. Creative siting strategies limited impact on existing wetlands and more than 50 percent of the existing woodland canopy was preserved. Using native plants, the residential neighborhoods are defined by a range of colors and textures.
Creative siting strategies limited impact on existing wetlands and preserved major tree areas.
The community opened in 2010 and consists of 320 housing units in a variety of styles focused around a Community Center. Housing styles range from Independent Living Apartments to Assisted Living Facilities, Townhouses, Cottages and Garden Duplexes. This mix is designed to appeal to a range of age groups and support the development of a diverse community of residents planning to age in place. Specialized services within the community provide the framework for an independent lifestyle that allows residents to retain their individuality.

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Graham Gund, FAIA, LEED AP led the South Franklin Circle project. Contact Graham for more information.

GUND’s adaptive reuse plans respect the historical integrity of the three landmark Waterworks buildings, while creating unique, signature residences and a public museum.

Constructed in the late 19th century, the Chestnut Hill Waterworks is the country’s first metropolitan water system, and is noted for the quality of its architecture, engineering, landscape design and urban planning. GUND provided adaptive reuse plans to convert the decommissioned public works buildings into unique multifamily residences and a public museum.

The three-building Waterworks complex sits on the Bradlee Basin of the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.

The three historic buildings comprising the Waterworks complex sit on the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Creating residential units within each of the buildings presented unique design opportunities. Challenges included maintaining historic facades and designing functional units that fit within the existing parameters.

The Waterworks Museum showcases the landmark steam-powered pumps.

A portion of the former High Service Pump Station was preserved as a public museum showcasing the landmark water pumps. The Waterworks Museum is dedicated to celebrating the history of the site, water system, public health and environmental awareness. The project is recognized for its innovative combination of public and private uses and is considered a model for the preservation of historic buildings. GUND’s adaptive reuse was honored with a national Housing Award from the American Institute of Architects. Read more about The Waterworks at Chestnut Hill and visit the Waterworks Museum.

Dan Rutledge, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was project architect at the Waterworks. Please contact Dan for more information.


A new residential tower shapes a new gateway landmark to Philadelphia’s University City District.

As part of a development team led by Wexford Science and Technology and Southern Land Development, GUND prepared conceptual designs for a new landmark 26-story residential tower in Philadelphia. The 475,000 square-foot mixed use development is located on the northwest corner of 36th and Market Streets and creates a gateway with a strong sense of identity to the University City district.

The mixed-use residential tower creates a new gateway to Philadelphia’s University City district.

Inspired by the spirit of discovery, innovation, energy and vitality that defines the Science Center and University City, the design combines glass-enclosed retail bays on the street level, a precast concrete tower animated by spacious balconies, and a dramatic curtainwall element that enhances the building’s verticality. A roof terrace at the penthouse level provides views over the adjacent 3535 Market Street to City Center beyond.

Retail bays activate the street level.

Read more about the Market Street development.

Dan Rutledge AIA, LEED AP BD+C served as project manager of the Market Street concept design. Contact Dan for more information.

A new book on Disney Architecture, Building a Dream, chronicles the design of several hotels, resorts and commercial destinations designed by GUND Partnership.
GUND Partnership has contributed to the legacy of Disney Architecture with several hotels, resorts and commercial destinations, noted for their art of storytelling and placemanking. A new book on Disney architecture, Building a Dream: The Art of Disney Architecture (Welcome Books, Disney Editions) celebrates the history and inspiration behind these destinations.
Disney’s Hotel Celebration, now known as Bohemian Hotel Celebration, is an icon on the Celebration lakefront.
Hotel Celebration, now known as Bohemian Hotel Celebration, is a defining element of Disney’s new town of Celebration, Fla. Located in the heart of Celebration on the lake’s edge, the design recalls the grand hotels of Florida. It is recognized as a “key element to the success of the downtown ambiance and activity” by leading hotel design experts in Hotel Design, Planning, and Development by Walter A. Rutes, Richard H. Penner, and Lawrence Adams. The town of Celebration was also recognized as the “New Community of the Year" in 2001 by the Urban Land Institute.

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The Coronado Springs Hotel & Resort in Orlando, Fla. opened in 1997.
Incorporating elements of historic architecture of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico, the Coronado Springs Hotel & Resort in Orlando, Fla. was inspired by the legend of explorer Don Francisco de Coronado searching for the seven Cities of Gold. Organized in three different villages wrapped around a lake, hotel wings define exterior courtyards and plazas with a distinct sense of place.
The International Retailors’ and Manufacturers’ Showcase was the first component built in the new town of Marne la Valée, outside of Paris, France.
As part of the Disneyland Paris development, GUND designed the International Retailors’ and Manufacturers’ Showcase that anchors Val d’Europe, a new town in Marne la Valée, outside of Paris. Architecturally, the Hypermarket and adjacent village captures the charm of French urbanism and was designed to inspire and become a catalyst for growth. The comprehensive EuroDisney development was recognized by the Urban Land Institute with a global award for excellence.

Read more about EuroDisney’s International Retail and Manufacturers’ Showcase.

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Graham Gund led Disney's Hotel Celebration and the International Retailors' and Manufacturers' Showcase, among other of the firm's significant housing, hospitality and commercial projects. Contact Graham for more information.