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Growth. Vision. Planning. That is what it takes to turn an existing urban, waterfront district into a destination that rivals the great coastal communities of the world. Integrating the water, existing neighborhoods and parks into a cohesive plan that will build the community into a place that can support new opportunities and growth over the years to come.
Amador will be a new destination resort and entertainment district in Panama City. With the building of the third locks on the Panama Canal, this project utilized 162 hectacres/400 acres of fill to create new land for development along a popular corridor. A convention center will anchor the first phase of an entertainment and hotel district that supports the convention market. The project comprises four phases to be constructed over the next 30 years.
Our vision for Amador is a world-class waterfront. Imagine Barcelona, Rio De Monaco … we see a place where the land and the water come together to form a spectacular place, a place deeply rooted in Panamanian tradition. It’s a country bordering two oceans and two continents, and a site at the mouth of the Panama Canal. You will never need a map to find this great new place. Amador was conceived to provide many waterfront experiences, from a commercial inner harbor to an embarcadero along the quay, an intimate canal to a beach and a waterfront park system that culminates at the top of Cerro Ancon. This is the setting for Panama City’s newest neighborhoods where towering hotels, condominiums, office buildings and a convention center add a new touch to an already dramatic skyline. These towers mingle gently with mid- and low-rise waterfront development with a feeling of great diversity. This is where a new shopping and entertainment district can be found with people strolling along new waterfront promenades adjacent to residential neighborhoods and boat docks. Taking a cue from Casco Viejo, there are important cultural and civic sites at important places along the waterfront. In Amador the theme is water and the experience is Panamanian.
The key to a successful master plan begins with a thorough understanding of the existing conditions. Our immediate impression of Amador was that it is part of a series of waterfront neighborhoods. Amador’s competitive advantage is its frontage on both the Bahia de Panama and Canal de Panama.
The resolution? It all begins with the water. Bring the influences of the bay and the canal deep into the site, integrating the land with the water, and incorporate nearby parks into a comprehensive plan. The park and open-space resources are unrelated and unconnected. This plan brings Ancon Hill into a large park concept to the foot of the Inner Harbor, directly linking the hill with the waterfront for the first time.
There are three neighborhoods, each with its own unique character and responding to different waterfront conditions. The Inner Harbor is the high-rise and high-end shopping district, a place where nightlife, elegant yachts and crowds will gather both day and night. The resort is a mid-rise district on the beach with recreational character and distant views to the ocean. The island is an intimate and exclusive neighborhood with many different waterfront orientations on the canal, the quay and the bay.