Extending Olympic magic with a commercial contribution to civic space
“In addition to the normal challenges of a complex mixed-use project, Marina City, located adjacent to the 2008 Olympic sailing venue, faced a number of other design demands: being an Olympics worthy neighbor, a civic space, with a waterfront focus, and a major transit portal.”
On a prime waterfront site adjacent to the Olympic sailing venue, the contemporary marketplace offers open-air and enclosed environments for shopping, dining, and entertainment leisure, as well as 200 apartments. The minimalist aesthetic features a palette of simple finishes in juxtaposition with a series of glass canopies that reference the nearby sailing and a 40-meter tall steel and glass lighthouse. To integrate the public space uses the project was designed to bookend and focus upon the major civic space on the International Avenue of Flags. The multiuse complex frames the Olympic Boulevard to create a central plaza for entertainment and civic events.
The long-term benefits of this public-private interface are compelling. Not only is the Olympic venue site permanently accessible for tourists and the regional community but the high quality commercial offerings of this destination are readily available for the community it serves.