Doral Square

Design architect: Touzet Studio

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”

Winner of the Miami AIA 2017 Unbuilt Award

Building Area: 45,000 SF
Building Status: Unbuilt

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 charged us with finding 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. We wanted to design, in addition, a focal point that would activate the street at night with a soft glow.

A major inspiration for the project was our exploration of the many ways to use copper material – as a perforated rain screen, as softly-burnished reflective panels, and as copper fascia. We 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.

Wynwood Retail

Building Area: 59,287 SF
Building Status: Unbuilt

This building is envisioned as an organism that invites the neighborhood’s creative energy inside and connects its occupants with the environment outside.

Wynwood, known for its world-class collection of street art/murals and monthly art walks, is rapidly losing its galleries in favor of retail and office. This project is designed to provide space for both.

Through careful sculpting of the building’s primary massing, and by considering natural light and ways to frame views, residents and visitors alike can engage with the community, urban life, and nature in ways that most conventional Miami buildings would not allow.

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.