A joint venture linking Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and hockey team owner Jeffrey Vinik unveiled details of the first residential buildings and commercial space at Water Street Tampa, an ambitious redevelopment of 50 acres along the waterfront in downtown Tampa.
The joint venture, Strategic Property Partners (SPP), commissioned New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates to design 815 Water Street, a two-tower residential development connected at the base by a commercial space and parking.
SPP will start construction of 815 Water Street next year and expects to finish in 2020. SPP is a joint venture formed by Gates’ Cascade Investments LLC and by Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team.
The residential towers, one 26 stories, the other 21, will have angled balconies that give the exterior a dynamic texture. At the podium-level parking, metal screens will be perforated to catch light and animate the façade.
Miami-based landscape architecture firm Raymond Jungles, Inc., designed green roofs and public spaces for 415 Water Street. Toronto-based Cecconi Simone designed the development’s interiors.