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09-04-20 | Feature

Firms of Florida - Booth Design Group

St. Petersburg, Florida

The New St. Petersburg Pier, St. Petersburg Florida
Opening in the summer of 2020, the new pier was completely redesigned. This attraction is the jewel in downtown St. Petersburg's waterfront. It promises something for everyone, from tourists to residents, no matter how much money's in your pocket. Visitors can choose their experience throughout the area, and its exploration and activity areas provide a multitude of flexible programs and experiences - from children to seniors, nature lovers to boaters, fishermen to fine diners. The views of the cityscape are unparalleled.
Siegel Residence, Largo, Florida
This new residential estate overlooks Harbor Bluffs' intracoastal waterway in Largo, FL. The main pool includes an infinity edge as it appears to spill out into the bay. The unique design includes custom, shaped in tile, built in lounge chairs, and a link between the main pool and a spa. Next to the main pool is a lap pool. An outdoor kitchen featuring a double-sided fireplace is a striking focal point. Multiple seating areas have views of the beautiful water. Shady and tropical palms give it a luxurious, vacation feel. Booth Design Group designed all the hardscape, landscape, lighting, beach area, herb garden, fire pit and driveway. Our terracing design stretched 20-feet down to the dock. The front yard motor court design includes a four-ton rock brought in from Colorado as a focal element.
Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida
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The Salvador Dali Museum, completed in January of 2011, is a world class museum and public plaza located on the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Hunter Booth collaborated with the architect to create a surreal Daliesque outdoor experience that compliments the museum's striking architecture. The tons of Florida limestone that surround the museum to "lift" the landscaped areas above street level are reminiscent of the Costa Brava coastline of Cadeques, Spain where Dali often spent his summers. Engaging garden experiences that celebrate the artist's fascination with mathematics and proportion are some of the features that punctuate the grounds. A grotto and water feature greet patrons at the museum's entrance. Sculptural plants species of all colors, textures and sizes accent the garden. Since its opening debut, the Salvador Dali Museum has enjoyed overwhelming attendance.
Armature Works, Tampa, Florida
This two-story brick structure was reinvented as a premier community destination totaling 73,000 square feet. The building and adjacent public spaces are an attractive area for residents of the neighborhood and the region, as well as for tourists. Armature Works is the centerpiece of the entire 43-acre Heights District, immediately north of downtown Tampa. The design concept incorporates several unique outdoor public spaces. South of the building is a large plaza with seating for 300, games and activities for children such as chess and checkers, as well as an extension of the Riverwalk including a kayak and canoe launch. Strategically placed seating lets those enjoying the Riverwalk. East and west of the building, new arcades have been added to provide shaded walkways and gathering spaces. An interior courtyard is open for seating. With a total of ten unique event areas, Armature Works can hold events from 10 guests to over 1,000.
SandPearl Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida
Gracing the white sands of Clearwater Beach, the Sandpearl Resort is one of the top ten resorts in the world and is Florida's first LEEDA(C) Silver Green Building for a resort or hotel. A beachfront boardwalk sweeps alongside the resort's expansive zero-entry pool. The pool is temperature-controlled utilizing geo-thermal technology. Elegant water features and beach-adapted plants surround guests in this relaxing tropical oasis. The Sandpearl's 224,000-square-foot beachfront building is comprised of eight floors with 253 rooms. Hunter Booth designed the lagoon-style pool with cabanas, a spa along the beach, beach-front fire pit and all the hardscape and landscape.

Based along Florida's Gulf Coast in downtown St. Petersburg, Booth Design Group boasts innovative, forward thinking landscape architects who have more than 40 years of landscape design experience resulting in sustainable, long-term, low-maintenance solutions while developing landscapes rich in color and design. Hunter Booth leads a team comprised of two licensed principals, three associate landscape architects and two support personnel. They specialize in soothing oases, exotic tropical landscape designs, inviting spaces, serene patios, luminescent lighting, fragrant gardens and amazing pools. The firm regularly incorporates their expertise into illustrative hand and computer generated graphics.

Editor's Note: With the ASLA annual meeting and EXPO in Miami canceled this year due to safety concerns amid the COVID-19 health pandemic, LASN still wanted to highlight the landscape architectural work of firms from the southeast region. LASN asked the firms to send us a short biographical profile, plus photography from selected projects, with a brief description of the design work for each project. We let the firms speak for themselves in their profiles and in describing the projects, although some editing was required because of space restraints and not all photography and projects could be included. Thank you, firms of Florida and Alabama for participating!

As seen in LASN magazine, September 2020.

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