Art Deco is the inspiration for a new commercial building in Miami. Located in Miami’s new Design District, the building houses four luxury retail tenants including Tom Ford. Miami’s historic architecture is defined by the Art Deco movement from the 1920s to the 1940s where bold geometric motifs shape the city’s landmarks. Inspired by the pleated Art Deco patterns found in architecture and fashion, the facade is given a texture that revives the exuberance and ornament of Miami’s golden era.
The facade is made from molded GFRC panels that fan out above the building’s streetlevel retail, creating angular recessed storefront coffers. Lighting integrated into the panel joints create a scattered pattern of light across the facade. The pattern subtly fluctuates through several programmed sequences.