This transformative urban design project embraces the historic character of Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood by upgrading old warehouses and reclaiming vacant street fronts.
The adaptive reuse of Wynwood’s old warehouses for art galleries and public murals provided a canvas for Miami’s burgeoning arts scene. The intent of this new development is to create a destination for art, fashion, retail, and restaurants through high-quality urban design and equitable public spaces—a commercial and community-building project.
A detailed analysis of the zoning rules allowed us to eliminate all on-site parking to free up the site for maximum first-floor retail space and return on investment. Merging modern and historic elements, we revitalized three old warehouses on the site, making 37,000 square feet of commercial space with new storefronts and renovated façades.
To entice circulation, we activated the retail frontages and inserted a landscaped pedestrian pathway, which winds from 28th Street to 2nd Avenue via a new urban square where cafés and shops spill out into the garden.
On the vacant corner, we designed a new two-story building with restaurant space on the second level linked to a large, landscaped terrace and green roof. The innovative façade design provides plenty of glass storefront, while an ”outdoor museum” showcases large-scale artworks by some of the world’s best-known street artists—color and vibrancy that is helping to fuel the redevelopment of the neighborhood.