Madeira Beach Municipal Complex

Madeira Beach, FL

The Story

The Madeira Beach City Hall is situated at the west end of a municipal complex also consisting of a fire station, recreation center, and community park. This project provided the opportunity to weave together large multi-use public space with core civic activity. This multi functional municipal structure blends with parkland and waterfront to form a community hub. Combining exterior circulation with new relationships between public space and public services, creates event spaces to be utilized by all. Even the commission chambers can be used by the community for personal events. The chamber is purposely extracted from the typical interior location and is exposed as a transparent volume that serves both as a place of civic engagement and as a lantern that invites people to the expansive park and waterfront edge.

Our inspiration draws from aspects of the natural waterfront landscape, fitness, outdoor activity, and community health and wellness. The city hall’s basic program requirements include office areas, building department services, commission chamber, multipurpose room, a small gym, and a covered boardwalk. With the use of extensive Low-E glass, flexible interior office space, covered exterior circulation along the north façade, and an elevated structure; the building promotes opportunities to reduce energy consumption, actively engage with the outdoor environment, and promote wellness for city staff and the general public in a positive and familiar atmosphere. This city hall is truly for all residents.


AIA Tampa Bay – H. Dean Rowe FAIA Award for Design Excellence (2016)