The project sets out to define a true center for Miami’s Design District by creating the first public space in the neighborhood. An underutilized parking lot, with an existing stand of mature white oaks, was transformed into a paved plaza lined by a thin retail building and an adjacent loggia. The walls of the buildings were clad in an undulating pattern of green and blue glass mosaic tiles that transformed the ordinary masonry surfaces into a vibrant urban mural.
Beyond the new plaza, the project proposed a new street which allowed pedestrians to bisect the length of the existing block. The street provided an unprecedented moment for collaboration. At the onset, the client hired two independent firms to design new retail buildings on either side of the street. Rather than working in isolation, the offices chose to establish a dialogue in the belief that structuing similarities within the urban realm would create a more memorable street section in striking contrast to the immediate environment which often lacks urban continuity.
Miami’s Design District
Completed September 2015