Photo courtesy Snell Engineering
“Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.” - Albert Einstein
We began with a mission “to bring arts to Boulevard of the Arts”, using the idea of placemaking to foster collaboration and a creative synergy. Designed in the spirit of human engagement, Rosemary Square is ultimately a gathering place housing people who share a collective passion for the arts, learning, well-being, and sharing these interests over good food and drink. As the name implies, the architecture was designed around a central square or courtyard, seeking to spark spontaneous social interaction and to serve as an outdoor ‘living room’ for the neighborhood.
The property consists of multiple retail and restaurant units as well as studios for dance, theatre, and learning. SOLSTICE was also brought on to do the interiors for the 30 condominium units for the Sarasota Opera including sixteen three-bedroom, eight two-bedroom and six one-bedroom apartments to house artists and staff during the company's fall and winter seasons.
Architect: Jonathan Parks, AIA, SOLSTICE Planning and Architecture
Builder: Gilbaine Building Company
Landscape Architect: Kimley-Horn
Engineer: Snell Engineering