Nike – Flagship Lincoln Road

Building Area : 30,000 SF
Building Status : Completed 2017

Touzet Studio designed almost an entire city block in Lincoln Road, one of the most successful pedestrian malls in our region. We were engaged by several global brands (Apple, Nike and Gap) to help them devise a language which would fit within the local context and the historical district of Miami Beach.

In each case, we carefully researched their individual brands and married their corporate DNA to an architecture that better reflected our Miami culture, climate and materiality. We drew inspiration from Miami Beach’s history and architecture. Our work is also influenced by the Florida Sarasota School and Latin American Modernism, which share similar climates.

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

Brown Jordan Flagship

Building Area: 8,900 SF
Building Status: Completed

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 in Miami’s Design District– and most of coastal Miami. 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. 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. On the ground floor, we included 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 Florida store.

Design District Retail “The Weave”

Building Area : 5,000 SF
Building Status : Unbuilt

This small retail infill building was designed to replace an existing carpet and rug shop in the Design District.

The design of the rainscreen concrete façade (unbuilt) was inspired by the weaving of the carpets and rugs that had been the client’s business for over 20 years. We thought it would be a nice way to weave in the stories of the past shop and the client with the new design.

Wynwood 2.0

Building Area : 12,830 SF
Building Status : Unbuilt

Wynwood 2.0 was our study of facades to move beyond murals and into architecture and urban space making. What are the possibilities when artists can shape architectural skins and spaces beyond street murals?

This design was for a client who wanted to study the renovation of their existing one-story building and adjacent parcels in Wynwood. They wanted us to add glazing and a coherent design to the assemblage of existing warehouse buildings. All the adjacent areas were studied as potential urban spaces for cafes and public art. We proposed that the roof area as a significant design opportunity: a fifth façade designed to be seen from above as a composition which also could serve as urban space with pop-up retailers and roof deck and garden in a neighborhood with very little green public space.

A rain screen was designed for part of the façade to play with light and shadow in the interior as well as another opportunity to integrate art into the architecture. The façade glazing pattern was designed to allow sufficient contiguous space for local Artist to do significant pieces of mural art. (Mural art in concept study renderings by Jane Stark)

5 Drinks Distillery

Building Area : 4,746 SF
Building Status : Unbuilt

The distillery includes an adaptive reuse design on an existing Wynwood building. The building will house the Five Drinks Brewery and Distillery. The reuse of the industrial building includes improving the elevations of the structure with new openings, shading structures and some outdoor seating area. The concept of the space it to have a transparent atmosphere where the goer can see the process of the distillery as well as a hydroponic farm where the distillery gets some of their ingredients from. This project also includes the improvements of an alley in Wynwood which connects many retail spaces together.

Grove Central

Building Area : 1,132,423 SF
Building Status : Under Construction
Role: Design Architects and Interior Designers

Grove Central is a mixed-use multi-modal project that seeks to destigmatize mass transit in Miami and to weave together the conveniences of 21st century urban living and shopping, while keeping the indoor/outdoor tree canopy and some of the palette that defines Coconut Grove. Whether it’s getting a cafecito, picking up groceries or taking the train downtown from your Grove apartment – the idea was to weave in the urban fabric and Underline together to create an active, safe and engaging linear plaza of retail to tie the project together and to increase ridership.

The project is planned to house one of the first microgrid solar roofs in the South Florida region, with battery back-up to power the Metro Rail Station and maintain essential services functional in the case that a storm event should disrupt the general grid. This resiliency features is a huge advantage for retailers, residents and transit riders.

800 Lincoln Road

Building Area : 33,192 SF
Building Status : Completed 2019

Built in 1936 and designed by Robert Law Reed, 800 Lincoln Road was originally home to the Burdines Department Store. The streamlined steel and concrete frame structure was originally intended to serve as a pedestal for the future addition of five more stories. After Burdines moved to a new, larger structure on the corner of Meridian and 17th Street, the building was occupied by the Richard’s Department Store and several other commercial businesses before becoming home to Art Center South Florida.

Decades of neglect had covered the original surfaces with layers of paint and had seen the loss of storefront area, a major entry feature and important trim elements. The building was acquired in 2014 with the new owner intent on the restoration of the façades and the expansion of the retail area.

The design is focused on two major initiatives: bringing back the original character of the building – restoring the cast concrete panels that made up the façade skin and the polished aluminum trim that established discrete bands of diverse surface treatments – and establishing a clear demarcation between the addition and the original building. The addition retains the use of concrete as a surface material, but differentiates itself by using board-formed concrete, with its rough texture, in contrast to the smooth surface of the original panels. The volume of the addition is setback 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.