Client: Portofino Group Location: Miami, Florida Size of Project: 38,000 SF Construction Cost: Completion date: 1995 Unique Features:
The vision of Bermello Ajamil & Partners, this mixed-use facility in Miami Beach is the premier example of a modern building successfully designed to co-exist and compliment the Art Deco vernacular of South Beach. Its Pueblo Deco style echoes the prevailing neighborhood theme and introduced a Southwestern influence. The eight-story facility incorporates retail, restaurant and office use.
A parking garage was cleverly concealed using an exterior skin that was articulated to make it totally unidentifiable. The office building was set back from the garage to suggest a pedestrian plaza, and the design also provided an open-air colonnade for outdoor dining, people watching and access to shops. An ornamental 125- foot glass block tower was also designed to act as a beacon for the corporate headquarters of the project’s developer.