A new Miami retail hub by Aranda\Lasch taps into the city's art deco heritage
It's all about to kick off in Miami, with Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach set to keep the spotlight to the Sunshine State's largest metropolis for the whole week. The Miami Design District development is one of the city's key growing creative hubs and NY and Tucson based architects Aranda\Lasch have just completed the latest addition to the neighbourhood: the Art Deco project.
Forming part of Phase 2 of the overall development's plans to create the ultimate neighbourhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, architecture and dining experiences, this commercial building is owned by the Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra and L Real Estate - both key players in the luxury shopping destination real estate market.
The award winning architecture practice is known for its inventive, experimental approach and investigations in materials and structure. Taking their cue from Miami's strong Art Deco heritage, which favours bold geometric motifs that define the city's overall feel, and staying true to their ongoing fascinations, directors Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch worked with molded GFRC façade panels that create the building's strong graphic effect. Angular recessed coffers accommodate the storefront openings, while the motif fans out to add a sense of movement and dynamism to the design.
The structure currently houses four luxury retail tenants, including Tom Ford's Miami flagship store.