About this Project
The Florencia is a twenty-three story condominium building located in St. Petersburg. The building consists of fifty residential units with ground floor retails shops fronting the parking garage. The parking garage serves as a podium for the amenity deck.
The concrete pavers were chosen for the shaded arcade as well as the adjacent public sidewalks. The pattern for the pavers reinforces the grid of columns on the arcade. Unit pavers were also used as the paving surface for 1st Avenue North.
The intent of the landscape design was to use low growing plants that would allow views to the retail stores along the shaded arcade. Along with the groundcovers the landscape included majestic Date, Coconut and Alexander Palms along with some tropical flowering plants.
The amenity deck includes a lap pool, spa, raised planters and a lawn area for the convenience of resident pet owners. The raised planters have a dual use as seating opportunities. The depth of the planters are greater than the exposed profile and extend into the parking garage below to allow the larger palms additional root space.
The building is located on the site of the historic Soreno Hotel. The building was demolished prior to the development of this project but was ‘remembered’ in the addition of a replica of the Soreno Fountain in the arcade fronting 1st Avenue North.
Jake Zimmerman acted as Project Manager for the development of the construction documents for this project while working for a former employer.