A new Miami retail hub by Aranda\Lasch taps into the city’s art deco heritage

NY and Tucson based architects Aranda\Lasch completed the Art Deco building, the latest piece in the Miami Design District development
(Image credit: Aranda\Lasch)

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. 

Forming part of the wider development's second building phase, this new structure is set to become a key retail destination

Forming part of the wider development’s second building phase, this new structure is set to become a key retail destination

(Image credit: Aranda\Lasch)

Art Deco houses four luxury retail tenants, such as Lanvin and Omega...

Art Deco houses four luxury retail tenants, such as Lanvin and Omega...

(Image credit: Aranda\Lasch)

...including Tom Ford's Miami flagship store

...including Tom Ford's Miami flagship store

(Image credit: Aranda\Lasch)

The building's strong graphic facade is made out of molded GFRC façade panels

The building's strong graphic facade is made out of molded GFRC façade panels

(Image credit: Aranda\Lasch)

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Photography: Aranda\Lasch

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture Editor at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018) and Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020).