UPDATED: AUGUST 9, 2017 10:29 AM — International architecture firm Arquitectonica will design the modern 16-story, 215-room anchor hotel for the next phase of Lake Nona Town Center, Tavistock Development Company announced Wednesday morning.
It's the second partnership between the two companies this year on a Lake Nona hospitality project. Arquitectonica is also leading design of Tavistock's planned 250-room resort hotel in the sports and performance district, GrowthSpotterfirst reported in May.
"Arquitectonica is known for creating contemporary landmarks that define skylines," said Tavistock vice president Ralph Ireland. "Their world-class team has created an iconic design in both form and function that perfectly aligns with the modern aesthetic and vibe of our growing Lake Nona Town Center."
Construction on the full-service hotel in Lake Nona Town Center is projected to start early next year, and will serve as an anchor to the entertainment, dining and retail district, the company said.
Balfour Beatty US has been hired for pre-construction services. It is also general contractor on an 11-story mixed-use apartment building across the street from Lake Nona Town Center, set to break ground in September.
Tavistock has a Planned Development zoning amedment going to Orlando's Municipal Planning Board next week to allow 16 stories for this hotel, in lieu of 10. The developer has also filed with the Appearance Review Committee for its next parking garage (Garage G) planned for the Town Center's Phase 2.
The hotel's design will feature a sleek exterior, large motor court entrance with valet parking to a nearby garage, ballroom with 200-person capacity, 80-seat restaurant, rooftop pool and lounge with potential to host private events.
It will also offer frequent connections to nearby Orlando International Airport, and will partner with BAGS, Inc., to provide seamless bag delivery to and from the hotel.
The hotel will have more than 6,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes a 3,200-square-foot ballroom, executive boardroom and two smaller meeting rooms.
Ground-floor retail space in the hotel building will be accessible from The Lawn, a large multi-purpose green space to be treated as a gathering spot within the Town Center.
The hotel will have a 24-hour gym that features high-end equipment and on-demand fitness training by Lake Nona partner Technogym, which aligned with Tavistock earlier this year to create a fitness ecosystem for the community.
Hotel guests will have access to Lake Nona's fiber network that provides internet speeds at approximately 200 times the U.S. average, Tavistock said.
No brand or flag has been named for the hotel. Tavistock has not confirmed if the property will carry an independent brand that aligns with the soft brand collection of an international hospitality chain.
Arquitectonica, which has U.S. offices in Miami, Los Angeles and New York, has designed a number of upscale condominium towers and commercial buildings in South Florida, including Brickell City Centre.
It has also designed countless luxury hotels and resorts around the world, including The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Miami Beach's the Z Ocean Hotel and Hilton Bentley Beach Hotel, and the "EAST, Miami" hotel and residences building in Brickell City Centre, for which it won four Miami Hospitality Design awards in March.
Tavistock announced on Monday that Birmingham-based Hoar Construction would serve as general contractor for the Town Center's second phase, to include 1.2 million square feet of retail, entertainment venues, the hotel and structured parking.