“To appeal to pedestrians, we wanted a highly visible building that would mirror what was happening in the heart of the Design District while also standing out as a distinct destination.” – MKDA Executive Managing Director, Amanda Hertzler.
MKDA’s transformation of 80 NE 40th Street, a 6,000-square-foot standalone retail building in Miami’s Design District, is intended to attract pedestrians from the more popular blocks, and to challenge the borders of the Design District. We completely redesigned the building for boutique retailers who aspire to be synonymous with the high end fashion brands.
The vision was achieved by adding height to the building so that it resembled other prime Design District locations, while standing out on its own block of single-story buildings. MKDA expanded the building to the sidewalk with a pedestrian arcade, a concept that was carried to the building’s side to create an outdoor courtyard. Striking vertical lights were added to the concrete columns to enhance visual interest.
Three beautiful 1,500-SF retail suites reside within a double-height glass box that sits under the building’s solid concrete frame. Once complete, the retail suites’ glass walls, soaring ceilings and clean, white interiors will provide a radiant backdrop for a collection of boutique retailers. One retail suite connects directly to the courtyard and provides an ideal restaurant opportunity.