French based architecture firm Barbarito Bancel Architectes debuts a masterfully designed Dior building in Miami’s Design District. Barbarito Bancel Architectes designed the facade of ornate concrete and marble powder panels to signify a female figure’s silhouette, with long flowing skirts, fitted waists and softly rounded shoulders and hips. The lighted vertical concrete seams allude to the look of a flowing dress as it moves down a red carpet. The Dior building has such great angles that it really catches peoples attention when approaching it from any direction and adds to Miami’s continuously evolving art and design scene.
Monsieur Dior ordered that a star be placed on the top of the building as a symbol of good luck. Dior Miami will debut as the first boutique with the star installation in the United States.
Dior is among neighboring luxury brands in the Design District like Hermes, Bvlgari, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and Giorgio Armani.
The three story boutique consists of soft whites and marble floors, highlighted with a bold color selection of woman’s apparel and accessories.
There is a wooden terrace at the top of the store is placed with decorated with white patio decor and green vegetation to break up the white concrete panels.
”Through large curve movements of white concrete, clear figures of the ‘plisée’ take shape, between which the spaces of the boutique slide in” said Barbarito Bancel Architectes. ”The project also takes into consideration its commercial nature as the building aims to move away from an institution or museum form thanks to its generous shop windows that open to the immediate public space” added Benjamin Bancel and Ivana Barbarito, lead designers of Barbarito Bancel Architectes
The Miami Design District is a neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, architecture and dining experiences. The Miami Design District is owned by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra, founded and owned by visionary entrepreneur Craig Robins, and L Real Estate, a global real estate development and investment fund, specializing in creating luxury shopping destinations. 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.
Dacra and L Real Estate have actively transformed the once-overlooked area of Miami into a vibrant destination for residents and visitors by presenting the best shopping, cultural and culinary experiences within an architecturally significant context. The vision for a rejuvenated Design District — responsive to its historic, urban and tropical context – was codified in an urban master plan developed by the award-winning master planners Duany Plater-Zyberk, with the additional participation of architects including Walter Chatham, Hariri and Hariri, Juan Lezcano, Terence Riley, and Alison Spear.
Architectural image courtesy of Barbarito Bancel Architectes
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