Having Disneyland as a neighbor might be intimidating for a typical retail, lifestyle complex, but Anaheim GardenWalk is anything but your typical outdoor mall. The development client needed a thematic design that would rival the surrounding context of the three Disney Gates and ensure the long term success of the retail spaces.
The design program is based upon the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, and it is successfully executed in the mediterranean environment of Southern California. The advantage to having Disneyland as your neighbor obviously is proximity and the programming importance was to provide a continuity of experience from one destination to the next since GardenWalk would form a major pedestrian link.
Providing thematic design and continuity for the 580,000 s.f. of retail, restaurant and entertainment space presented the unique challenge of blending multiple uses and scale as visitors progress from inviting grand entrances through to intimate, boutique spaces. With over 80 various retail clients including retail, restaurant and entertainment space, greenscreen® provides a continuous, identifiable design element for the 2010 ICSC Gold MAXI Award winning project.
greenscreen® is also utilized on the attached parking structure that includes parking space for 4,800 vehicles. The 30 acre site will eventually consist of the retail square footage, over 1 million square feet of parking, 387 timeshares and 3 themed hotels. Disney has announced plans to open an adjoining third Disneyland themed resort that will be based around a water park theme and additional plans include the extension of the monorail to service the adjoining properties. The design flexibility of greenscreen® allows for a variety of applications that provide design solutions for the challenges that are typical of a mixed use complex.
Site: 880,000 Sq. Ft. Mixed Use Complex, Completed 2008
321 W. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802
Architect/Engineer: WATG/Callison Architecture, Irvine, CA
Contractor: Bayley Construction, Santa Ana, CA