A retail furniture showroom for young urban customers interested in design.
The client’s priorities included the maximization and visual impact of the site, and providing parking as required by local zoning ordinances. Vehicular egress/ingress was only possible from the north facing side of the triangular site.
Turning existing site constraints into an opportunity to create a furniture retailer’s iconic landmark became the main complexity of the building program. The products had to be displayed and celebrated from an urban, distant setting rather than a pedestrian/residential scale.
An assembly of two sweeping abstract layers frame and transform the main facades into a single autonomous sculpture. An aluminum membrane is used to conceal the multiple level parking creating a cohesive composition with the aluminum and glass curtain wall.
The drama created by the building’s façade aims to extend the brightness and exuberance of the Lincoln Road neighborhood into this subtle/transitional industrial district of Miami Beach.