Palau Sunset Harbour is in many ways a very traditionally planned mid-rise, infill city block of residential units above ground floor retail spaces lined with neighborhood retailers and services in mind. Think of the 'insula' of Ancient Rome or Ostia, or a city block in Haussman's Paris. At the same time, Palau is designed for the climate and natural environment of South Florida, and the arcadian resort city of Miami Beach. The project is designed around a sheltered 'secret garden' at the center of the site, a common area which evolved from Miami's archetypal courtyards, breezeways, and other indoor/outdoor living spaces. Under a thin concrete canopy adorned with hanging plants, and behind a mixture of apartments and townhouses, the 'secret garden' is a new variation on that archetypal Floridian living space.