SB Architects is working with Dacra – an innovative real estate company transforming the Miami Design District into a new community dedicated to art and design – on an ambitious expansion of the district that will dramatically increase its retail, commercial and art exhibition space and bring a jewel of a boutique hotel to the neighborhood. With Palm Court, the first phase of the expansion project, the design team embarks upon a whole new way to approach retail design and architecture. As the master architects for the project, SB Architects has created the architectural skeleton for the block – addressing building structure, overall identity and the movement of people through the space – and giving the individual retailers and their designers the opportunity to create the entire 45-foot facade for their structures. A pedestrian ‘paseo’ bisecting the expansion will have grand plazas at either end when complete. The highlight of the south plaza is a recreation of Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye dome – which serves as a dramatic entry to the court from the underground parking below. Green roofs top nearly every structure, and the entire project has been designed for LEED Certification.