The retail center design for the Baltimore Inner Harbor project calls for sailboats
A Danish architectural firm released drawings this week for a shopping center designed to look like a sailboat as part of a proposed broader redevelopment of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Copenhagen-based company 3XN released the design proposal for the project in 201E. Pratt Street. MCB Real Estate has proposed a $500 million redevelopment of the Harborplace retail center on Baltimore’s Patapsco River waterfront.
The retail center includes a design of stacked surfaces that will be accessible to the public. The building’s curved shape is intended to serve as a “natural extension of the waterfront,” 3XN said.
“This project and design revitalizes the waterfront in a way that ensures it is for everyone in our city, region and state,” MCB managing partner David Bramble said in a statement.
The architects at 3XN said they chose the sailboat design because of the harbor anchors.
“Like a sail that captures and directs the flow of wind, the building’s concave curved terrace edges are adjusted to take advantage of prevailing winds and sea breezes,” 3XN said.
Other projects in North America designed by 3XN include a massive timber office tower at the T3 Bayside project in Toronto.
Baltimore developed the Inner Harbor area starting in the 1960s with new community parks and walking trails after the decline of the industrial waterfront population.
Commercial development followed with the opening of apartment complexes, hotels, retail stores and office buildings. Ross developed the Harbor Place retail center in 1980, and the National Aquarium opened in 1981.
MCB said that Distinctive suites This will be the Rouse created for Harborplace Demolition As part of her new project, according to the Baltimore Banner. In addition to the 3XN-designed retail building, MCB will also develop residential and office towers on the site.
MCB acquired the lease interest in the Harborplace site in June through the court receivership process.
This neighborhood is very popular with tourists thanks to its tourist attractions, including museums and restaurants. Two professional sports stadiums, Camden Yards for the MLB’s Baltimore Orioles and M&T Bank Stadium for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, are located about one mile west of the center of the Inner Harbor area.
Kim Herforth Nielsen and Jens Holm at 3XN are lead architects on the design. Gensler is responsible for the master plan for the Harborplace redevelopment.