Architecture

Parasol House

Building Area: 12,309 SF
Building Status: Completed

The house is designed as a long main bar, running east-west, positioned along the north side of the property. This bar is intersected by two other elements, thus forming a series of three courtyards – each with its own separate and unique character.

The street-side of the property contains a number of mature live oaks that helped inform the character of the first court. This “Tree Court” is bound by the Florida keystone-clad wall of the guest quarters volume and the Ficus ripens-covered volume of the garage. The court is sheltered by the natural canopy of the oak trees. The first perpendicular element, a glass-clad bridge that contains the children’s bedrooms, extends from the main bar and rests on the guest quarters volume. It shields the home’s entry and frames the entry to the second court. This court, the “Rain Court,” is bound on three sides by the circulation spine of the main bar, the guest quarters volume, and the two-story living room; it opens onto a dense garden wall.

The third court, the “Water Court,” faces Biscayne Bay, and contains the pool and spa. It was designed to create an exterior environment that encourages full access and enjoyment of the Bay and its long vistas and sunsets. The second canopy to shield a court is the concrete ͞parasol͟ that extends above the living room volume. Positioned to offer solar and rain protection, its is raised above the roof to allow Bay breezes to flow through the site, keeping both the Water Court and Rain Court cool. This parasol also acts as a solar reflector that blocks direct sun during most of the day while allowing the light that is reflected off the living room’s single-membrane roof to bounce off its underside.

Lime Tree Bay Resort

Building Area: 48,000 SF
Building Status: Unbuilt

The 2.5-acre site is located on Long Key, in the City of Layton, one of the older and certainly the smallest cities in the Florida Keys. The site is on the southwestern side of the island, bounded on the east by US 1 and on the north by a nature research station. The site is richly landscaped with mature vegetation that includes gumbo limbo, sea grape, ficus, royal poinciana, mahoe, and coconut palm. The program requirement specified 48,000 sf of luxury residential-hotel space with resort amenities and support spaces.

The 40 residential-hotel units consist of 26 two-story units above garages and 14 flats on two stories also above garages. While the 40 units are grouped into five building clusters, the units are designed as individual structures engaging each other along structural planes. The building palette comprises traditional Keys elements such as oolithic limestone for the main base elements, which also house the fireplaces, wood, metal roofs and white stucco on concrete masonry. Conceptually, solid, rectilinear walls flank glass volumes that protrude above the walls as clerestories above which a metal-lined, exposed interior, wood shed-roof is placed. The five building clusters are arranged along vehicular and pedestrian paths that are themed through palettes of vegetation. A common area open-air lounge and a gymnasium structure are located on a floating barge anchored by the properties west-facing pier. Two distinct environments are created around the two swimming pools – the southern pool sits within a grove of coconut palms; the northern pool and spa skirt the eastern boundary of the white sand sunning beach.

Pink Sands Estates – Spa + Sanctuary

Building Area: 2,851 SF
Building Status: Unbuilt

Touzet Studio created the Master Plan for the 20-acre site of Pink Sands Resort and was asked to design several estate homes, beach front cottages and common areas for this famous resort. This project was slated to be a LEED project and employ many passive sustainable design features as well as cutting edge technology for wind and rain resiliency.

Touzet Studio worked on the design of environmentally conscious re-interpretation of Bahamian architecture. The cottages collected rainwater, were cooled passively through cross ventilation. The Tree Top Units were designed as floating treehouses that sat very lightly on the landscape and gave the feeling of being in a treehouse or tree canopy.

Pink Sands Estates – Estates and Beach Cottage

Building Area: 950 SF
Building Status: Unbuilt

Touzet Studio created the Master Plan of the 20 acre site of Pink Sands Resort. Touzet Studio also was engaged to design a series of new estate homes, beach front cottages and common areas for this famous resort. This project was slated to be a LEED project and Touzet Studio worked on the design of environmentally conscious re-interpretation of Bahamian architecture. The cottages collected rainwater, were cooled passively through cross ventilation. The Tree Top Units were designed as floating treehouses that sat very lightly on the landscape and gave the feeling of being in a treehouse or tree canopy.

1021 Lincoln Road

Building Area : 13,845 SF
Building Status : Completed 2015

The Client is a global icon of technology and design. They commissioned us to help them design a building that fit into the scale and materiality of Lincoln Road. The main façade, as well as all other visible surfaces of the building, had to communicate and celebrate the qualities for which the brand is known for but still be compatible. One can argue that one can no longer showcase such a thing as state-of-the-art technology because, just like the waters of Lao-Tze’s River, it is always in motion –always in flux. The technology of the current model is already dated when it hits the market. Therefore, in this case, we argued that today’s technology would not be an appropriate “material” for the building envelope and needed to be more “timeless” of its place and culture. The façade, and the interior, which is the second façade, needed to convey the other, very powerful aspects of the brand: simplicity in design, exquisite materiality, and impeccable execution/workmanship.

Touzet Studio has designed some of the most iconic retail flagship buildings for global design brands seeking to come to Miami Beach’s most prestigious pedestrian historic district of Lincoln Road. Touzet Studio designed almost an entire block of which included 72,000 SF of new retail for Gap, Nike and other world-renowned companies. Each receiving approval from the historic board and praise from the community and the press. These prominent companies commissioned Touzet Studio for their attention to detail, their extensive knowledge of innovative building systems and materials and their understanding of how to blend new architecture into a historic district.

Design District 3711

Building Area: 27,244 SF
Building Status: Completed

This project serves as a gateway to the Miami Design District, interacting with pedestrians at street level and with vehicles on the elevated highway. The 21,592-square-foot commercial building with a usable rooftop is located at 3711 NE 2nd Avenue and was completed in Summer of 2018.

The location shaped our intention to design a building that could serve as a three-dimensional canvas or billboard capable of delivering completely different experiences, depending on the time of day or night.
The floating bar façade across the top of the structure is meant to anchor the viewer’s sense of perspective . The massing and moves were kept purposely simple to allow the floating bar element to assume different personalities, playing with simple concrete and light, rather than relying on complicated skins.

The building’s base is dark and rounded to contrast visually with the sleekness of the rectilinear shape above. The building’s exterior uses embossed metal and glass surfaces to add texture and interest to the pedestrian experience. A proposed paved urban courtyard, designed by landscape architect Jefre, will take visitors to a rooftop garden with views of downtown Miami, Biscayne Bay, and the ocean. The building will serve as an exceptional venue for events both on the rooftop and at street level.

Wynwood Plant

Building Area: 88,862 SF
Building Status: Unbuilt

For the design of this project, we wanted to recognize the unique qualities of this artistic neighborhood and weave them together with inspiration from Wynwood’s rapidly vanishing industrial past. The area’s history is still visible in the form of industrial plants and manufacturing warehouses that artists have used as their urban canvases. This project aspires to continue that intersection of art and architecture at a larger scale.

Miami is a young city with a rich collection of culturally distinct neighborhoods. In our approach to design, we like to share history and tell stories through our architecture of what each unique part of the city is all about.

In the course of our site research, we discovered that this site was once an iconic Coca Cola plant. As with many historic buildings in Miami, the identifying signs had been taken down some years ago and nothing remains. This project’s name, Wynwood Plant, honors that historic use and serves as a reminder to future generations of this neighborhood’s story.

The Setai

Building Status: Completed 2004

Designed the 38-story condominium tower while at Schapiro and Associates. This project marked the first design collaboration of Founding Principals Carlos Prio Touzet and Jacqueline Gonzalez Touzet and exhibits many of the qualities of design storytelling, sculptural modernity and the attention to detail, that have become the major focus of their own studio.