In the late 1970s, the Plaza of the Americas was constructed in Dallas, TX. Known as one of the city’s largest developments — covering 2 million square feet of space over 5.5 acres — the mixed-used complex contains office, retail, hotel and conference space inside of two high-rise towers, which are connected by a vast 80,000-square-foot indoor atrium. For many years, the atrium contained an underused ice skating rink and a variety of retail shops, which was recently renovated using Cotto d’Este’s ultra-thin Kerlite tiles to resemble that of a lush garden, in an effort to revive the complex and attract more tenants and visitors.
The adaptive reuse project, which transformed the atrium into a climate-controlled, multi-tiered indoor park that offers increased retail and restaurant opportunities, was a fruitful collaboration between the architectural firm Corgan, the landscape architect and the owners of the property. “The under-performing Plaza was purchased with the intent to reposition the development and increase the office tenancy within the 1.1 million square feet of available office space in the heart of Dallas’ Central Business District,” said Aaron Steward, LEED AP BD+C, of Corgan.