The Vessel

This Commercial Building is designed to provide Food & Beverage and Entertainment venues across three levels of 15,000 SF of interior space and 4,800 SF of outdoor, landscaped terraces. The highly articulated facades integrate large murals with architectural surface treatments. The façade on the of NW First Avenue Woonerf is punctured by a wide stair, bounded by a concrete escarpment that features pockets of vegetation. The stairs lead to the two upper levels of landscaped terraces, passing under a curtain of flowering vines. The building has been very well-received by the City and is scheduled to commence construction in late 2023.

Architect: Touzet Studio
Landscape Architect: Vincent Filigenzi Design

Nike – Flagship Lincoln Road

When Nike decided to open a flagship store on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, they came to Touzet Studio to better understand the Miami Beach lifestyle – specifically, to better understand the unique context of Lincoln Road. The City had asked for a “Lincoln Road” store, not a generic rollout or repeat of other flagship store designs. Touzet Studio was engaged to make the connection between the global design brand and local culture integrate seamlessly into the historic fabric of the block.

Brown Jordan Flagship

This flagship retail project’s concept and materiality were inspired by the Dade County pine forest and coral-rock bluffs that once blanketed the project site. Less than 2 percent of this endangered pine rockland 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 locally sourced Florida keystone, the same material oolitic limestone quarried locally from the coral bluffs that marked this coastal area. The taller, alternating 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 during 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. The design features a rooftop garden and exhibit areas that are open to the sky, with views of Downtown Miami, the Design District, and Biscayne Bay. The ground floor includes a modern take on a “Florida Room” that opens to a nearby park. All the spaces are day-lit and use local materials for a truly Floridian store.

Grove Central

Grove Central is a mixed-use multi-modal transit project located in Coconut Grove, one of Miami’s oldest and most desirable neighborhoods. It seeks to bring much needed housing density to the community while connecting it to both multi-modal transit and high ground. The project includes a 23-story residential tower that will offer market-rate, workforce housing as well as co-living units. Touzet Studio is both the Design Architect and the Interior Designer for this project.

The design for Grove Central is bold, graphic, and fun. In designing this multi-modal project, Touzet Studio considered how the building would be seen at different speeds and vantage points (trains, cars, bikes and pedestrian). Inspired by its Miami roots, Touzet Studio incorporated playful aspects of both the streamline modern and mid-century modern Miami. For instance, the floating canopies above the bus stop reference Morris Lapidus’s work. Graphic speed lines and strong curves are featured in the parking garage structure alongside a bus station also influenced by Miami Beach midcentury modernism. The tower itself plays with a gray and white infill pattern between bold white accent lines that open up as the tower rises.

Mary Street

Mary Street reinvents a 1980’s garage building with an added floating bar of Class A office buildings overlooking the nearby park and water. Touzet Studio designed the exterior facades as well as custom Interiors for Terra Corporate.

Located at one of the gateway entrances to the Coconut Grove Village Center, this project re-purposes a now tired municipal building and creates contemporary value for the existing structure. The design uses the composition of five main volumes to establish a new presence at a major entry point to the local downtown.

The project’s materiality was inspired by the local natural environment of Florida in various ways: the glass volumes relate to the ocean and fresh aquafer waters below the site while the Louvered volumes took inspiration from the patterning and terracotta colors of seashells and sand. A clear glass volume, curved at both street corners, contains the retail component and the office lobby. The top three-story glass volume houses the main office component. The garage volumes are clad in a screen of square-section, terra-cotta “baguettes,” spaced to allow ventilation and daylight into the volume.

800 Lincoln Road

Built in 1936 and designed by Robert Law Reed, 800 Lincoln Road was originally home to the Burdines Department Store. It featured a streamlined steel and concrete frame structure which was originally intended to serve as a pedestal for the future addition of five more stories. After Burdines moved to a new, larger space, the building was occupied by Richard’s Department Store and several other commercial businesses before finally becoming home to Art Center/South Florida.

The design aims to bring back the original character of the building by restoring the cast concrete panels that made up the façade skin and the polished aluminum trim that established discrete bands of diverse surface treatments. It also establishes a clear demarcation between the original building and any new additions. The newer portion of 800 Lincoln Road retains the use of concrete as a surface material while differentiating itself by using board-formed concrete, which has a rough texture that contrasts sharply to the smooth surface of the original panels. The volume of the addition is set back from the plane of the original building and is separated from the historic structure by a continuous band of glass that runs from the entry to the addition at the southern edge of the historic volume up to the rooftop restaurant.

Doral Square

Doral Square is a proposed mixed-use retail and office development to be located on the southeast corner of Doral Boulevard and 87th Avenue in Doral. Doral Square would incorporate a two-level retail and garage structure into an existing 148,000-square-foot office building and parking lot. The project is adjacent to Carnival Cruise Line’s headquarters with over 3,900 employees, and one block from City Place Doral, a community where CineBistro and Fresh Market now serve 1,000 residential units and 150 single-family homes.

Design District Retail “Copper Stitch”

The Copper Stitch is a retail infill project in Miami. The site’s lots are divided, with one small lot fronting NE 1st Street, and other lots grouped together on NE 39th Street. The client requested that Touzet Studio find a way to connect the two sites with a memorable yet discreet design in keeping with the aesthetic of the Miami Design District’s mix of luxury shops and restaurants. In addition, the project needed a focal point that would activate the street at night with a soft glow. A major inspiration for the project was an exploration of some of the many ways to use copper material: as a perforated rain screen, as softly-burnished reflective panels, and as copper fascia. Touzet Studio wanted to differentiate the building with a distinctive, warm material that was rich enough in its materiality to hold its own with adjacent luxury retailers.