New look Fairwind Hotel

Monday 16 Jun 2008

Shulman + Associates creative urban assemblage

Through careful insertions in the urban fabric, Shulman + Associates revive an historic hotel as a contemporary boutique resort for the Kimpton flag. The Fairwind integrates the historic building with an adjacent property by inserting three new structures at the back. The renovation preserves the original building's central patio, as an indoor-outdoor cafe with a garage door at the back that opens and closes according to the outside temperature. The narrow bar of the new structures allows guests to open their rooms to cross breezes. The insertion of the new structures creates interstices that S+A designed as private patios for individual rooms and room clusters, further encouraging Miami Beach-style indoor-outdoor living.

S+A connects the Fairwind to the resort city beyond, linking the complex lobbies, corridors, and patios to the streets, avenues, and alleyways of Miami Beaches pedestrian network and charting a clear path from room to lobby to city to beach. This creative assemblage enriches the urban fabric while preserving the neighborhood's historic character.

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