Tavistock Group’s real estate development unit has unveiled plans to build a new full-service hotel in its Lake Nona wellness community near the Orlando International Airport in Florida. Work on the 16-story tower, designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica, is slated to start early next year as the next phase of the community’s Town Center mixed-use development.
“We are excited to be designing this new hotel in such a community as progressive as Lake Nona,” says Bernardo Fort-Brescia, principal of Arquitectonica. “Our goal is a building whose architecture represents the aspirations of this new town: fresh, vibrant, memorable and of its place.”
The 215-key hotel’s ground-floor retail will be set next to The Lawn, a multipurpose, open-air gathering space within the Town Center. Guest rooms and suites will be designed as what project participants describe as “effortless spaces for work and relaxation” with sculptural consoles that function as desks, ergonomic desk seating and integrated linear lighting. More than 6,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, comprised of a 3,200-sq.-ft. ballroom, an executive boardroom and two smaller meeting rooms, are also on tap. Other plans include a 24-hour gym, an 80-seat restaurant, and a rooftop bar and lounge.
“The Town Center hotel will be a defining anchor within Lake Nona’s premier entertainment, dining and retail district,” says Jim Zboril, president of Tavistock Development Co. “Its iconic and thoughtful design will offer Orlando visitors a first-class location with fun and exciting amenities. With the south terminal expansion underway at the airport, we believe that this unique property will cater to airport travelers as well as those who intend to make Lake Nona their final destination.”
At full build out, the Town Center is slated to span more than 3.8 million sq. ft. Its first phase opened in January of last year with two Marriott-branded hotels (a Residence Inn and a Courtyard), an 85,000-sq.-ft. office building, 16,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space and a parking garage. The five-story, central parking structure features two visual, interactive elements: the six-story Beacon and the Code Wall.