he recent design revolution in Miami started with in the Design District and continues to expand out. Most the existing buildings in this area are old commerical or industrial building being converted to new uses to show case new art, design, furniture and dining as is with La Fortuna.
The existing the structure built in 1948 was originally constructed as a manufacturing building with Art Deco features like extended eye brows and curved façade following the corner of the property. Our approach was to accentuate these features by extending the eye brows and emphasize the curved wall with a bright contrasting color. La Fortuna is designed to be a mixed-use venue that can hold several different tenants. We accomplished this by creating inward folded walls on long North and South facades to indicate distinct tenant entrances when the space is divided.
The second floor had windows facing towards the street but no access. By creating access to this roof with large storefront windows and doors helps to generate interest in this building by providing ambient noise of people enjoying the outside space to the foot traffic below.