From bulbous to boxy: A new design for Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene’s twin tower project in West Palm Beach has been unveiled.
Dubbed One West Palm, the massive, glassy towers will be built at 550 Quadrille Blvd.
Plans for the project first were submitted to the city in August. The initial project proposed an office/hotel/condo complex that would total 829,000 square feet.
But since then, architecture firm Arquitectonica has changed the design.
Gone is the rounded, vaguely futuristic design that impressed some observers and alarmed others.
Instead, the new drawings now feature boxy elements, which a statement dubs “prisms” that “create an abstract vertical city of cubic components.”
The plans say the cubes break up the scale of the towers, which are 30 stories tall. And the way the building is composed, views of the Intracoastal Waterway are maximized, according to the new plans.
The mixed-use complex features a 30-story, Class A office building, rising at the southwest corner of the site, along Quadrille Boulevard. An executive lounge with an observation terrace is planned on the rooftop.
The hotel and residential tower, also 30 stories, will sit on the northeast corner, along North Dixie Highway. This tower will feature 200 hotel rooms and 76 condos, with hotel service and private elevators.
At the top is a planned garden roof deck, for penthouses. Along the bottom, the ground floor will have retail shops and restaurants along Dixie Highway.
Other features include a full-service spa, ballroom, theater and fitness center.
In addition, there will be a living wall, featuring plants growing along the exterior of the building. The green walls will conceal the garage.
Developers, city leaders and businesses all have stated that downtown West Palm Beach needs new, modern office space.