Category Archives: Resorts & Restaurants

New mixed-use tower coming near downtown’s Church Street

Plans for Tremont Tower include 8,239 square feet of retail and lobby space, 586 spaces in 10 levels of structured parking, 206,584 square feet in seven levels of office space and an eight-story, 180-room Hyatt Place hotel on top, along … Continue reading

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The Mid Century Motel gets Supersized at Universal Orlando

Universal’s  1800 Room Cabana Bay Beach Resort is Universal’s latest addition to its collection of on property guest resorts adjacent to its Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure Theme parks. This property was featured in last month’s issue of Architectural … Continue reading

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Hotel Proposed for Dr. Phillips PAC Front Lawn

A team of developers has submitted a plan for an eight-story boutique hotel, in front of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The development team includes Stuart Newmark, who is president of the nearby Aloft Orlando hotel and formerly … Continue reading

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SOCO Restaurant Wins IIDA Hospitality Project Award

  The Gravity Company worked with the Thornton Park Restaurant Group, an independent ownership group in Orlando to design SOCO to reflect the culinary vision of combining distinctive Southern warmth with a youthful Contemporary edge.  A combination of contemporary furniture, … Continue reading

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Noted Architect Michael Graves Dies at 80

Michael Graves was a pioneering postmodern architect and designer known locally for the Swan and Dolphin Hotel at Walt Disney World, and his iconic Kettle with Bird Whistle. He died March 12th of natural causes at his home in Princeton, New Jersey. Graves began … Continue reading

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Rooftop Pools

Creating a pool on the roof of a building takes special consideration. The pools are typically built inside a waterproof tray or box designed by the structural engineer, and connected with a drain to protect the occupants below from leaks … Continue reading

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Zero Gravity Resort Proposed for Kissimmee

If you enjoy the X-Games you will want to visit this new proposed resort for Kissimmee. A whole resort themed around x-game style activities, which will also host pro and amateur X-Game competitions. The proposed 250-room resort hotel will include a  rooftop pool … Continue reading

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Reimagining Residential Cruise Vessels as Independent Nations

In Hugh Darley’s blog over the holidays, he describes a future world with ocean vessels as independent countries and other container vessels as duty/tax free ports for acquiring supplies operated by Target or Wal-Mart. That future may be closer than we think. … Continue reading

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Cinderella Castle Suite Interiors at WDW

Disney added an overnight hotel type suite, inside the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, some time after the park opened. Refurbished in 2007 and promoted through annual contests, it is the most exclusive location for overnight stay inside … Continue reading

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Baldwin Park Architect’s Open House

        Curious about design? Interested in learning how various architects and firms approach the design process? Well here is your opportunity! Member firms are opening their doors to the public for an evening of architectural exploration.  Meet and talk … Continue reading

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