Having Disneyland® as a neighbor might be intimidating for a typical lifestyle retail 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 of having Disneyland as your neighbor is obviously proximity, and it was important for programming 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 square feet 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 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 space, over one million square feet of parking, 387 timeshares and three 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 products allows for a variety of applications that provide design solutions for the challenges that are typical of a mixed-use complex.
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