Metropica: Lincoln Road in the Everglades? / by ci design

In a recent interview with, ci design President John H. Larsen and Erick Collazo, Vice President of Development for Metropica Holdings, talk about the vision and inspiration behind the design of the new four million sf mixed-use development, Metropica, located in Sunrise, Florida. 

Mr. Larsen explains:

"It would have been very easy to simply create a traditional South Florida beach vibe for Metropica—it would have been expected and blended well with existing nearby projects. That type of theming is exactly what K Group Holdings and we as the master planner for the commercial sector wanted to avoid. 

Instead we were inspired by the downtowns of the great cities of the world, from New York to London to Paris to Barcelona to Madrid to Sao Paolo, to create a genuine urban core for Sunrise, while adding services and amenities that matter to the new highly digitized, environmentally sensitive generation of Millennials who likely will live in the residential towers. What these cities share is density, a daytime and nighttime level of activity and many uses that will reinterpret the idea of a Southern Florida city for the 21st Century."

Located in Sunrise, Florida, Metropica is a 4-million sf mixed-use development that will span 65-acres near Sawgrass Mills, the BB&T Arena, and the future site of an American Express campus. ci design is serving as the master planner for the full project, as well as the architect for the retail and mixed-use sector.

You can read the full interview online at To learn more about Metropica, visit our portfolio.