The residential tower is a new landmark on the downtown Orlando skyline.
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The Waverly at Lake Eola
Orlando, Florida
The distinctive shape of this modern housing tower in Orlando, Florida is in response to the L-shaped site and desire to maximize the number of units with lake and city views. The site is part of a larger 85-acre tract, with a nine-acre lake as the primary organizing device.

The program includes 233 residential apartments, associated support spaces and a 450-car parking garage. The 24-story tower also houses a single-unit penthouse and three duplex units. On the lower levels, a multilevel parking structure with a street-level courtyard separates vehicular and pedestrian access. Other street-level amenities include a health club, pool terrace, and private gardens for a number of units. Each element of the project, from tower to parking garage, has been designed to respond to a complicated context of large- and small-scale buildings surrounding this significant lakeside Orlando site.

Layers of color and material work both horizontally and vertically in the massing. An orange and yellow tower with an illuminated crown is a locus for community on the downtown skyline. An attached 14-story horizontal “wave” building recalls Lake Eola and adds a cool transparency to the tower’s Florida palette. Narrow bands of pigmented stucco support large expanses of glass to produce a lighter skin. The penthouse towers, crowned with a metal brise soleil, are distinctly lighter in tone. The punched super grid of the tower and the horizontal waves and blue banding of the lower section, combined with the building’s overall abstract forms, create a contemporary address in a town known for its significant resort architecture. Public areas in the interior continue this loose expression, with complementary colors, forms and furnishings.

COMPLETION

2001

SIZE

350,000 SF

AWARDS

City of Orlando, Golden Brick Award
Recreational Facility Community, Aurora Excellence Award

PHOTOGRAPHY

Larry Taylor

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