Bold, sculptural, and expressive concrete makes an indelible mark for the Miami HQ of a global infrastructure company.
Set on the banks of the Miami River, this modern office building is the U.S. headquarters for infrastructure and bridge experts, GLF Construction Corporation. We proposed a dynamic architectural language to convey the potency of an essential industry and to celebrate the expressive architectural qualities of concrete.
With a requirement for large, open floorplates, we drew inspiration from the river context—its warehouses, yards, and infrastructure. The resulting four-story structure resembles a stack of shipping containers, strategically arranged to create large volumes and sheltered spaces that accommodate a complete office program.
Generally, finishes are purposely raw and utilitarian to reference the semi-industrial setting. Selected touchpoints in reception, meeting, and breakout areas are refined and meticulously detailed for a contrasting and layered aesthetic.
Playful volumetrics create a flexible, functional interior and a dynamic, sculptural exterior, all the while fitting a large floorplan on a very constricted site. Each volume frames views of the surrounding city and neighborhood, with its surprising transparency and muscular design establishing a strong local identity for the Italian company.