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Oak Plaza Completed

1.25.07 | Miami, FL | Dacra Development announces the completion of Oak Plaza, an inventive new architecture and urban planning project located in the Miami Design District. The project comprises three new buildings and an urban plaza designed along a new pedestrian thoroughfare. To create Oak Plaza, Dacra commissioned three independent architectural firms: Cure & Penabad Studio, Khoury & Vogt Architects and Keenen/Riley Architects (K/R). K/R designed the Collins Building, Khoury & Vogt Architects designed the KVA Building and Cure & Penabad Studio designed the Twery Building, the Loggia Building, the pedestrian thoroughfare and the plaza.

The plaza, formerly a parking lot, is the centerpiece of the development. To create the open, public space, Cure & Penabad Studio transformed an existing asphalt surface into a carpet of Caribbean limestone, a material that links the site to its geological region, and to Miami’s civic building traditions. Three clusters of 200-year-old White Oak trees within the parking lot were the inspiration for the plaza’s name, and will remain in place.

Cure & Penabad Studio’s L-shaped Loggia Building surrounds the plaza on two sides and will house a restaurant. One half of the building is a loggia that defines the eastern edge of the plaza and opens out on to the open space. The architects designed a skin for the Loggia Building consisting of brilliant blue and green glass Bisazza tiles. The tiles create a mosaic mural on the façade of the building that forms a glistening backdrop to the daily events that will take place in the plaza. On the other side of the new pedestrian street from the Loggia Building is K/R’s Collins Building, also a future restaurant space. The architects converted an existing warehouse into a 5,000-sq.-ft. restaurant with a seating capacity for 150 people.

The Miami Design District is a unique, 18 square-block village just north of downtown Miami that is home to furniture and design companies including Knoll, Holly Hunt, Waterworks, Kartell, bulthaup, Poltrona Frau and Poliform.

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