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Playa los Banos Waterfront Park

IBI Group, in association with INDECA, was retained to provide master planning, landscape architecture, architecture, and engineering services for the revitalization of the central waterfront park in Limón, Costa Rica, called Playa Los Baños.

Limón, Costa Rica
2015 Completed

As part of a larger project initiated by the Government of Costa Rica, IBI Group prepared the master plan, landscape and architectural design for Playa Los Baños waterfront park in Limón, Costa Rica. The design vision was to create a public square with the waterfront at the center, acting as a focal point for the community. The public square has been designed to accommodate large political events, festivals, markets, arts and craft shows, and sporting events.

Investing in urban improvement, a goal of the project was to establish a sustainable design that protects the cultural heritage and revitalizes the natural conservation of Limón. The IBI design team incorporated innovative design principles that reflect the preservation and revitalization of the area.

A cooling strategy for the public square has been integrated through a wind tower design principle that moves air throughout the Waterfront Centre and cools the interior, while shading and canopy integration help improve micro-climate and comfort. In addition, shade trees, shade structures and solar shading devices will protect the interior and exterior spaces from the sun, in turn allowing for more energy-efficient building systems.

Smart city technologies have also been used throughout the design, with solar panels providing all necessary energy to power the entire public square. Smart lighting technology has been used throughout the park and a smart tower has been placed at the top of the Waterfront Centre to announce a change of weather to the community through colour change, while providing free Wi-Fi to visitors and users of the park.

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Trevor McIntyre

Global Director - Placemaking + International
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON
We have passed the point where half of the world's population is living in cities. If we as planners and designers want to continue to fight urban sprawl, then we need to focus on maintaining a high quality of green infrastructure in our cities and in particular around transit. The public realm, including parks, streets, shared streets and public plazas need to be designed to maximize the human experience. How we animate those spaces, and manage them with a mix of good design and technology will dictate the quality of life in our future cities.

Trevor McIntyre is Global Director, Placemaking & International. He is responsible for International operational results, including financial performance, professional and technical excellence, staff motivation and development, and client satisfaction. He is a Landscape Architect and member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture and the American Society of Landscape Architecture.

Trevor has been a leading planner, landscape architect, and urban designer for more than 20 years, with projects in Canada, USA, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia. He leads the Toronto IBI Group design practice in community planning and design, master planning, and landscape architecture. He has a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph.

Neno Kovacevic

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Urban Design / Landscape Architecture
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Neno Kovacevic is a leading Landscape Architect and Urban Designer who has worked on numerous initiatives in North America, Central America and internationally. He brings more than 20 years of experience to environmentally sensitive design, integrating sustainability into community master planning, parks, open space, urban public plazas and streetscape design. His experience reflects the diverse, evolving role of landscape architecture in facilitating economic development, community building and sustainability. His work is distinguished by a talent to identify and resolve client issues through visionary and practical design solutions, supported by solid project management skills and a proven ability to work as a contributing member of a collaborative design team.
In 1994 he completed his Masters degree in landscape architecture at Edinburgh University and is fully registered to practise in Canada, the United States and Montenegro.