Miami Design District: The Intersection of Art, Architecture and Urban Design

A rapidly expanding city gets a retail district that echoes the surrounding landscape and features living green roofs. The Miami Design District is a neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, architecture and dining experiences. The Miami Design District was created by Dacra, founded and owned by visionary entrepreneur Craig Robins, and L Real Estate. The Miami Design District embodies a singular dedication to the unity of design, fashion, art and architecture, and a commitment to encourage a neighborhood comprised of creative experiences. The partnership transformed the moribund neighborhood of South Beach into a glittering destination and a culturally inflected luxury-shopping Mecca.

Capitalizing on tremendous local growth, Miami Design District was designed to celebrate the modern, expanding city while reflecting the surrounding landscape and helping Dacra build its impressive development portfolio. A palette of vibrant, bold colors and a continuous clerestory make the center warm, light-filled and inviting. The site encompasses a four-block pedestrian promenade anchored by two department stores. Focusing on sustainability as well as aesthetics, the exterior features living green roofs and mature shade trees lining the streets. Throughout the development, the design distributes 300 native trees, including Florida Mahogany and Gumbo Limbo.

This new development integrates incredible art, architecture and urban design to make a spectacular environment. SB Architects partnered with Dacra to transform the once gritty Miami neighborhood into a glamorous international luxury shopping destination. A boutique hotel, condominium tower, and five parking garages are also planned for the area, which will be dotted with cafes and tree-shaded plazas. Public art pieces will also be on display, including Buckminster Fuller’s 24-foot Fly’s Eye Dome, which is installed at the district’s Palm Court.

The Miami Design District has long been known as a must-visit shopping destination for fashionistas near and far, but more and more, the neighborhood is becoming a local hangout, too. The Market #atMDD: a weekly farmer’s market with freshly-prepared local goods and live music, and your newest reason to stop by the Design District for a shopping spree on your way home from work.