Our public spaces are changing—they’re becoming that “third place” (other than home and work) where people spend increasing amounts of their time.

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That’s why our design for the newly renovated Flower Hill Promenade focuses on the customer experience, integrating hospitality elements in its common areas and blending retail with active uses.

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Food, leisure, and entertainment draw customers to visit the mall more often—and linger to enjoy the amenities.

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Located in Del Mar near California’s famous racetrack, the Flower Hill shopping center is an open-air collection of local boutique retailers and upscale restaurants.

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This mixed-use project includes a full renovation of common spaces, new construction (Whole Foods Market and Sharp medical offices), and landscaping.

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Before the renovation, this shopping center was car-focused and characterized by heavy wooden overhangs and paneling. In fact, these elements made it unclear from the street that it was more than a strip mall.

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The new design focuses entirely on the pedestrian experience. Reworking the existing auto entries improves accessibility and circulation. A new parking structure is tucked into the hillside behind the retail, adding 500 unobtrusive parking spaces and alleviating vehicle congestion at the storefronts.

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Removal of the heavy overhangs and wooden walkway railings has opened up views through the mall to the hills beyond.

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To complement the lighter, more open look, the design team picked geometric metal railings, natural brick and stone surfaces, and a warm-toned color palette to brighten the former shadowy effect.

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New palm trees and landscaping add to the natural appeal, making Flower Hill a place where shoppers are happy to spend their time.

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