ESA - now part of Capita Symonds - was commissioned by Plaza Exclusive Projects in 2008 to develop the architectural masterplan for the 17 ha mixed-use scheme which comprises around 200 new modern homes in phase one as well as offices, shops, retail, community and leisure facilities and an extensive landscaped park. Work on the project's infrastructure has now started on site.
Riviera will consist of two distinct but integrated segments: a residential area with properties for sale and an 18,000-m² commercial sector with units for rent/sale. The project specifically consists of eco-friendly infrastructure, luxury villas, houses, apartments, offices, restaurants, retail and leisure facilities which will be surrounded by parks and piazzas.
It will also contain 5,000 m² of water features and 3 km of dedicated cycle and pedestrian paths while the 23,000 m² of park will be lined with mature eucalyptus trees and hundreds of citrus and olive trees.
The concept provides a masterplan with a strong, well defined shape and content and based on the idea of interlocking circles that represents the ancient underground wells of Lakatamia that exist under the site. This concept organizes the plan and drives the concept for the layout of residential and commercial areas.
In particular, the masterplan recognizes the importance of integration, achieving a strong resolution of circulation, functionality, built form and positive open space for community use. The buildings are planned around a regenerated natural 'creek' that will form the heart of a new linear park, stretching for nearly a kilometer through the scheme.
The brief evolved to include designs for a new mixed-use residential and commercial community that responds to a defined schedule of accommodation as well as to the context of the site (topography, climate and location) and all current planning regulations.
The first phase of the project is due for completion in 2013.
Source: Capita Symonds