Ice in Paradise is a public ice skating arena for skating sports and recreation. The Greater Santa Barbara Ice Skating Association (GSBISA) is the driving force behind Ice in Paradise. Prior approvals for the site limited the amount of square footage for the building. The owner wanted to an efficient design that would allow them to maximize the use of the building. Also, the city of Goleta had high standards for the exterior look of the building that had to be balanced with the project budget.
Solutions that Made a Difference
We designed a building that eliminated unnecessary circulation space by having the locker rooms access each rink directly. This freed up more space for the restaurant tenant, which in turn generated more rent revenue. The building exterior design is a simple precast concrete panel building that uses multiple colors to help reduce its mass. An entry feature of Santa Barbara stone and wood trellis provide a signature, striking look.