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  • Paradise Plaza

    Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural.
    miami FLORIDA

    FreelandBuck Designs Public Space in the Miami Design District, Opening Late 2017

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    FreelandBuck recently designed the circulation core and terraces forParadise Plaza as part of the large­scale development of the Miami Design District, a new18­block neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, architecture and diningexperiences. FreelandBuck’s project is located along the west face of Paradise Plaza, thenorthern anchor of the Design District, and is situated among buildings designed by DalyGenik, Tolila+Gilliland, Johnston Marklee, and MOS. The project is currently underconstruction and will be completed late 2017.

    The design organizes two dining terraces facing a mid­block courtyard that stitch togethermultiple building facades, canopies, and circulation elements into a stack of nine equalvolumes. The depth of each frame is exaggerated by wedge­shaped columns and a deep,faceted ceiling that undulates to create a varied set of smaller spaces for dining. This playof triangular facets is amplified by a graphic division into colorfully contrasting planes,echoing twentieth century experiments with graphic and spatial depth by artist YaacovAgam. The project was designed with Anass Benhachmi.Ceiling and wall surfaces within each frame are subdivided into a grid of two­foot­by­four­foot aluminum panels fabricated and installed by Zahner Metals. The elevator canopyextends out from one frame, perched on steel columns clad in stainless steel matching thefascia of each stacked box. The CNC­cut Carrara marble tiles of the adjacent Gucci storerun vertically, matching the shape of the store window they frame. Mirrored stainless steelspherical light fixtures hang in each box creating intensified reflections of the colorfultriangular array.The project team for Paradise Plaza includes Anass Benhachmi, with SB Architectsserving as the Executive Architect.FREELANDBUCK is a Los Angeles and New York City­based architectural office led byDavid Freeland and Brennan Buck. Established in 2009, the office makes buildings,spaces, and objects that open multiple modes of engagement through layers of meaning,illusion and visual effect.Drawing, as both design method and autonomous form of representation, is central to thefirm’s work, producing visual richness, intricate spatial sequences, and cultural reference.With each project, FreelandBuck aims to form distinct spaces with an inherent connectionto the activity around them that contribute to a more stimulating, aesthetically engaging,and challenging world. FreelandBuck was named a finalist for the 2018 MoMA PS1 Young Architect’s Program, amember of Architectural Record’s 2017 Design Vanguard, and a winner of the 2017 AIA LANext LA Award for their project, Second House. Other recent projects include ParallaxGap, an installation for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Los Angelesheadquarters of Hungry Man Productions, among other residential, commercial, andcultural commissions. David Freeland teaches at SCI­Arc and Brennan Buck at the Yale

    School of Architecture.MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT is a one­of­a­kind neighborhood that combines luxuryshopping, galleries, museums, design stores, restaurants and major art and designinstallations all within an architecturally significant context. The Miami Design District isowned and operated by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra,founded and owned by visionary entrepreneur Craig Robins, and L Real Estate, a globalreal estate development and investment fund, specializing in creating luxury shoppingdestinations. In 2017, the Miami Design District is expanding dramatically, with newrestaurants and luxury boutiques opening in the distinctive, walkable neighborhood thatwelcomes and encourages innovation. As Miami becomes increasingly known for its ownrich culture, the growth of the Miami Design District further reflects how the city isdeserving of its place on the global stage.

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