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Panama Entertainment District Master Plan
Panama City, Panama
Size: 310 acres/125 hectares
Located at the southern gateway to the Panama Canal, the existing 310-acre site is an underutilized area at the edge of the densely populated Panama City. We created a master plan for a mixed-use entertainment district of retail, hotel, residential and cultural attractions anchored by the Frank Gehry designed Museum of Biodiversity.
The master plan provides a development framework of five interconnected districts. The plan’s focal point is a 200 meter-wide waterfront greenway that connects the historic Casco Antiguo district at the north to the Amador Causeway. This green ribbon park provides significant public open space for residents and visitors as well as opportunities to weave additional cultural attractions into the urban fabric. The preservation of the existing military housing within the shopping district creates a dynamic retail corridor of shops and restaurants. This pedestrian shopping spine connects the proposed convention center to the waterfront greenway. In addition, the project completes the Cinta Costera, a developing waterfront parkway that connects downtown Panama City with the Via Panamericana.