Building Area: 8,900 SF
Building Status: Completed
This flagship retail project concept and materiality was inspired by the Dade County pine forest and coral bluffs that once blanketed the project site in Miami’s Design District, and in fact, most of coastal Miami. Less than 2% of this endangered rocky pineland still survives.
The building is composed of volumes that appear to rise from the park green at its Southern edge. The first plate is clad in Florida Keystone, locally sourced, the same material quarried locally of the coral bluffs that marked this coastal area. The alternate taller, plates are clad in panels that recall the dappling of daylight through the pine branches. These panels are fabricated from high strength, fiber-reinforced concrete. The interior paneling, stair treads and cabinetry are made of reclaimed Dade-County pine, salvaged from a nearby building in the process of demolition.
As the flagship for an outdoor furniture line, it was especially important to showcase indoor/outdoor living for our subtropical climate. We designed a rooftop garden and exhibit areas that are open to the sky, with views of Downtown Miami, the Design District and Biscayne Bay. We also included a modern take on a “Florida Room” on the ground floor which opens to a nearby park. All the spaces are day lit and use local materials for a truly Florida store.