Main Street provides a vibrant focal point for the large, up-scale residential community of Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Located on a peninsula on Lake Uihlein, the 20-acre site offers 300,000 SF of pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use space; featuring specialty shops and restaurants with 2nd floor office space and residences. Main Street terminates in a pedestrian plaza and movie theater. Classical and modern architectural elements mix within a modern context to give Main Street a timeless, “town village” feel.
This mixed-use project will become a key feature of a new-urban, lifestyle center located at I-75 and Fruitville Road in Sarasota County, Florida. The project will include 100,000 SF of retail, a 130 key hotel, and 100,000 SF of office space- all designed around a centrally-located civic space.
The Resort at Longboat Key Club's Gatehouse on Longboat Key, Florida provides a modern entry/security point for the development. The master plan includes a stately gatehouse building, a unique water feature, and natural Florida landscaping.
At the intersection of virtual reality technology, experiential design, and placemaking, the Summerhill redevelopment project in Atlanta, Georgia demonstrates the possibilities of a unique, experience-based, urban design methodology called “urban analog.”
Merging the power of design, with the immediacy of artistic visualization, the urban analog design process combines the diverse professional skills of HOYT Architecture Lab's in-house urban designers, architects, urban planners, digital artists, game-engine programmers, and software engineers. The outcome of this collaboration is the development of a powerful, precision-based 3D model which seamlessly incorporates the rigor of building, into the art of design.
Equipped with a virtual reality headset and hand-held controllers, Summerhill project designers and stakeholders were able to walk, glide, and fly through imagined urban spaces in real-time virtual reality. This degree of immersion transfers designed ideas from a static page, into an active and continuously evolving 3D experience. The ability to not only illustrate and visualize designs, but to manipulate them in real-time virtual reality, allowed HOYT Architects to develop a unified and highly successful design solution.
Located on Longboat Key, Florida, this 20-acre natural site was ecologically restored to preserve its salt marshes, oyster beds, shoreline, and mangrove habitats. HOYT Architects' design for this park included the integration of parking areas, boardwalks, nature trails, interpretive signage, and overlook areas with views of the delicate ecosystem.