The Miami Design District Street Project creates a unique environment for Miami’s luxury retail and living market. The master plan and code introduce a new high-end retail core of nearly one million square feet with complementary lodging and residential uses. The parking strategy incorporates bicycle accommodations, and conceals the majority of car parking from view with subterranean and above-ground lined garages.
The plan proposes the retrofit of four blocks linked by a central pedestrian paseo and anchored by two civic plazas. The paseo’s north-south orientation and abundance of shade trees protect it from the harsh Florida sun, and make the project a walkable destination. Building designs by well-known architects, coupled with integrated art installations such as wall murals and sculptures, enhance the current Design District experience. Structures include new architecture as well as adaptive re-use.
The development complements the big box retail and residential development of Midtown Miami, located directly to the south, and transitions seamlessly to the adjoining residential areas. An automated system of signage will direct people towards valet and self-parking areas, while diverting unwanted traffic from surrounding residential streets. The flexibility of the plan allows the design themes, including lighting, landscaping, streetscaping, signage, and other elements to expand with the district over time.