Brought to you with support fromLocated on the rim of the Gulf of Mexico at the southernmost extremity of the United States, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the rapidly expanding Miami metropolitan region, is experiencing a tremendous moment in high-quality design and re-urbanization. Neighborhoods such as the Miami Design District and Wynwood are fundamentally questioning the architectural status quo in the state, and proving a fertile ground for national and international practices in collaboration with local firms. On March 13, The Architect's Newspaper will shine the spotlight on The Sunshine State with Facades+ Ft. Lauderdale, one of our morning symposiums hosted across the country. Igor Reyes, partner and president of local-firm NBWW Architects, collaborated with AN as cochair of the conference. Over the last five decades, the firm has led dozens of projects in Florida and across the Caribbean; with a particular niche in hospitality design and sustainability. The morning symposium is split between three panels; “Building Resilience in the Tropical World,” with Touzet Studio founding principal Jacqueline Gonalez Touret, Brooks + Scarpa Architects principal Jeffrey E. Huber, and FIU College of Architecture professor Henry Rueda; “Wynwood Grows Up: Facade as Art & Environment,” with NBWW project designer Claudio Salazar, Gensler facade engineer Paulina Szpiech, Arquitectonica senior associate Raymond Fort, and Goldman properties director of construction Victor Sanchez; and “Grounding the Hi-Rise Megaproject: Pedestrian-friendly Podiums at Worldcenter,” with Elkus Manfredi senior associate Jeff Sakowitz, DeSimone Structural Engineers associate principal Danilo Nanni, and ODP Architects senior associate Danny Fattal. A key theme extending across the symposium’s three panels is the trend of urbanization and sustainability—both are driving factors in the development of performative and high-design facades across the Miami metropolitan region. “The same facade we once used to drive past at 30 miles per hour and from 20 feet away is now being related to at a walking pace and within the touch of a human hand,” said Reyes. “This magnifies the importance of facades and the level of detailing required—where a good building used to spill out onto the streetscape, now the formula allows the streets to pour into the building.” Further information regarding Facades+ Ft. Lauderdale, and other conferences in 2020, can be found here.
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New York-based design studio DFA has opened up a new retail arcade on 50 Northwest 24th Street in Wynwood, Miami. Housing nine retail outlets, the building—which is formally known as "Wynwood Arcade"—features a vibrant mural set against an angular Cor-Ten steel facade. DFA's Founding Partner Laith Sayigh spoke to The Architect's Newspaper about the arcade's design. "We were very conscious of what Wynwood had been and what it still was," said Sayigh as he explained how DFA were acutely aware of how Wynwood was made part of Miami's Design District. "We never saw it turning into a trendified neighborhood," he continued, adding how the area had maintained its sense of "grittiness" as well as being an affordable place for local artists. As for the design, Sayigh recalled elements of his childhood to drive landscaping decisions in the project. As a result, indigenous Floridian Coccoloba uvifera's (sea grape) have been included to act as social connectors, a feature that reminded Sayigh of his youth when such trees where well-used gathering spaces. The trees aid the creation of what Sayigh describes as a "formal oasis"—an open, shaded area with white surroundings in the center of the arcade. This feel is replicated on the rooftop where further greenery can be found along with reasonable views—for a low-rise building—across the area.
These spaces, however, are much more reserved compared to the arcade's facade. With both angled chunks seemingly sliced from the building, the facade comprises Cor-Ten steel with a colorful mural spanning the length of the elevation. Sayigh mentioned how he and his studio had a "fascination" with the idea of creating a "canyon experience" for the retail frontage. The interior and rooftop layout reflect this approach with clear diagonals running through the building either as openings or changes in level. To amplify this, Sayigh added that the material choice of Cor-Ten steel symbolized these supposed "cuts through the building's flesh" creating the impression of "bleeding" while also pursuing the sense of grittiness native to the vicinity. The mural, which offers a colorful contrast to the weathering steel, currently features an array psychedelic symbols and tones. The design came from an artist local to the area and is due to be changed every two years. Speaking of future plans, Sayigh added how DFA were looking into installing an outdoor screen on the roofdeck to encourage more visitors not just at daytimes with the offer of outdoor movies being shown.
A straight-forward, standard-issue park just won't do for the uber-trendy, graffiti-covered streets of Miami's Wynwood Arts District. Instead of merely carving up green space within the artsy district, Tony Cho, a local real estate broker and developer, launched an international design competition to turn a parking lot into a public space worthy of its distinguished neighborhood. The Miami Herald reported that 238 submissions from 23 countries were received for Cho's competition, and, lo and behold, the only entry from Miami came out on top. After all entries were reviewed, the blind jury selected a proposal by local artist Jim Drain, and Roberto Rovira and Nick Gelpi, both professors of architecture at Florida International University. The Miami-based team beat out the competition with "Wynwood Greenhouse," a plan that is obviously a lot more than a standard-issue greenhouse. Underneath a familiar glass canopy, which is actually made of aluminum, the designers have created a multi-functional park with native grasses, flowers, green walls, a paved pathway, and moveable seating. At the center of the scheme is an old oak tree that is currently on the site and will appear to break through the aluminum structure that will rise around it. When complete, the 14,000-square-foot, privately-run public space will be able to accommodate farmers markets, fashions shows, and art installations. And at night, the "greenhouse" will glow with LEDs. If Cho can raise $1 million for the park, as he expects he can, it should open next year.