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2023 Award Winners



Community Facility, 1000+ Units


Disney Flamingo Crossings Village West


Winter Garden, Florida

Architect/Designer | Niles Bolton Associates

Builder | FaverGray

Developer | American Campus Communities

Land Planner | Niles Bolton Associates

Landscape Architect/Designer | Niles Bolton Associates

Interior Designer | Niles Bolton Associates

Photographer | Preston Mack Photography

With a 93-acre site and more than 1.9 million square feet of programmed space, Flamingo Crossings Village West—designed as half of Walt Disney World’s new home for its College Intern Program—is itself the scale of a small college. The site plan creates a pedestrian-oriented experience for the 5,156 residents by pushing parking and vehicular traffic to the periphery and centering amenities in the heart of the property, to which all neighborhood pathways lead.

Every aspect of the new live/learn/play community strives to surprise and delight residents while reflecting the client’s unique history, culture, brand and commitment to distinctive placemaking. The Community Center features an open porch, a colonnade where residents can escape a sudden downpour or shelter from the sun. The form acts as a contemporary front door for the project.

Facing the pool, the streamlined south elevation is broken by a glass “iceberg,” a fritted glass shard that allows the inside to pop out in a playful way. On the second level, an outdoor terrace overlooks the amenity hub.

Expansive beyond imagination, outdoor amenities include two resort-style zero-entry swimming pools with jumbotrons, a graduation lawn, fire pits, courtyard seating, grilling stations, outdoor sports courts and playing fields.

From the Judges
The building is beautiful and visually interesting. The playfulness is on-brand for Disney, and matches the age and interests of the intended audience. 

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