Shepherd Eco

Building Area: 199,357 SF
Building Status: Unbuilt

This project is composed of two different buildings – one hospitality for the new Shepherd Eco brand of boutique hotels and the other a residential building component which sits on 2 levels of enclosed parking. The project also includes ground floor commercial space along NE 27th Street. There is also an expansive outdoor rooftop garden on the 4th Story with access directly from the residential units. The Boutique Hotel will provide great views of downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay to the east and the heart of Wynwood Arts District to the west. The ground floor contains a small retail/F&B space and a mezzanine art gallery to bring back art programming into the District.

Shepherd Eco will include several resiliency initiatives- such as storm water gardens, community farming on the roof and cisterns for collecting water. This project is also focused on connecting people to the dynamic and artistic neighborhood of Wynwood. The Project features a cross Block Pedestrian Paseo on the west side of the Property – providing access for pedestrians and intersecting with a sizeable landscaped green space which is envisioned as a neighborhood amenity for residents and hotel guests and local artists who might want a creative environment to create or share community events.

Urbin Retreat

Building Area: 66,905 SF
Building Status : Unbuilt

Urbin Retreat is a dynamic community in the heart of Miami Beach’s Entertainment District.

The project includes a new 48,000 SF building of co-living Units, Boutique Extended Hotel Suites and micro retail adjacent to a full restoration of a Mid- Century Modern Office Building.

Urbin Retreat will include several resiliency initiatives- such as elevated front porches with cisterns below, a ground floor designed for 5’ freeboard and rain water gardens that capture and clean run off from the roof. The project will include rooftop solar and community spaces and will be designed to be LEED.

This project is adjacent to two significant historic buildings and is designed to relate to the scale, materiality and playful geometries and colors of Miami Beach. Custom features such as breeze block and metal space dividers will be developed to customize the architecture vocabulary while providing important shading.

An urban plaza with Shady trees provides for thermal comfort and the planting and the finishes of the ground floor were designed with water in mind.

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.


Building Area: 68,689 SF
Building Status: Unbuilt

This project was one of the first projects for Touzet Studio and garnered many awards and international press when it was released. Designed as a “gateway” to Miami Beach. The design is composed of two forms- one in a curvilinear form facing the water and the other a rectilinear box which is part of the urban grid of Miami Beach. The form of the curving volume with its curving concrete frame that encloses facets that slip out towards the water views was meant to evoke forms that are related to the sea or eroded by the wind or the waves. The palette for the buildings is inspired by the two distinct environments that make Miami Beach. The West Avenue building was inspired by the natural environment of the Beach sea, sky and sand. The colors of the glass and the facets will ensure that the building itself changes with the light, and with the dynamic way one engages this – from the major bridge that leads to the City.

The Alton Road building was inspired by the manmade environment of the City of Miami Beach itself- and the materials reflect a more modernist aesthetic- composed of steel, glass and concrete. The different glass colors and irregular grid were meant to show that the City is a mosaic of different pieces, all contained within one frame of reference. It is eclectic, exuberant yet nonetheless contained in a rectilinear volume. The views to downtown and across Miami Beach are spectacular.

South Pointe Townhouses

Building Area: 18,000 SF
Building Status: Unbuilt

The project consists of four townhouses located on a broad landscaped boulevard in South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida. The individual townhouses are composed of a series of horizontal, overlapping “drawers,” both enclosed and unenclosed, that create living areas of varying heights. These horizontal volumes are pinned together by a solid vertical element – the elevator – that sits near the center of each of the compositions. The landscaped ground level establishes the first of a series of horizontal planes that cap the shifting horizontal volumes. These are surfaced alternately in stone, natural ground cover, and wood decks, all with water features and variable amounts of vegetation.

The townhouses are differentiated by decorative attributes that identify each unit with one of the four elements: wood, wind, fire, and water. These elements inform the individual designs of the cast metal fences, doors, and entry courts. Off-center pivoting main doors into the entry courts are built of smooth and rough-hewn stone, and translucent cast resin panels on a cast metal framework.

The 4,500-square-foot residential program is distributed over four full stories, one service mezzanine, and a main rooftop. The ground floor contains a partially-covered entry court, a two-story foyer, and a two-car garage. The service mezzanine contains a maid’s room, laundry, and mechanical area. On the second floor are the living room, dining room, kitchen, family room, and covered deck, while the fourth floor contains the two secondary bedrooms. The fifth floor contains the master bedroom suite with an outdoor plunge pool and meditation area within a landscaped terrace. The first roof deck — a green roof with fire pit — sits atop the living room. The main roof deck is of wood, and is fitted with large soaking pool, summer kitchen, outdoor shower, and restroom.

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.