Architecture and haute couture combine

Nick Myall
Tuesday 29 Nov 2016

The architects worked hard to define and gather the values that constitute Dior’s identity on this flagship retail project in Miami

French-Italian firm BarbaritoBancel Architects have created a new Dior Flagship store in Miami, USA.

The Miami Design District is a new area located in the North of Miami, where art, design, fashion and luxury meet. The art galleries and exhibition spaces are intertwined with the high end and luxury boutiques where culture and artistic dynamism meet.

It is in this stimulating context that Dior commissioned BarbaritoBancel architects, to design its new corner building with the desire to transpose the atmosphere of the historic Parisian address of the 30 av Montaigne to the heart of Miami.

The first step of the architects was to define and to gather the values that constitute Dior’s identity:

Elegance, tradition, creativity, nobility, innovation, know-how and wonder.

From these values, common to haute couture and architecture, emerges a duality on which BarbaritoBancel architects worked.

The haute couture is linked to fashion, to the ephemeral and needs to renew itself continuously.

Architecture transcends trends, and its image needs to outlive time that goes by and continue to represent Dior’s spirit in a sustainable manner.

It was against this background that the building has been honoured by the American Architecture Prize 2016, an international award, which every year, rewards the best architecture worldwide.

Pondering on these values along with the continuous exchange with Dior’s president, Sidney Toledano and his team, led to a refined design of sculpted volumes evoking a voluptuous fabric.

The facade imposes itself by its elegant design, large curves in white concrete create clear pleated forms between which the boutique’s spaces slide in. The nobility of the smooth and sleek surfaces is given by a contemporary material made of extremely dense concrete with marble powder.

The facade plays with the sun in an alternation of light and shadow along the day. The curves overlap up to drawing, at the top, a tight arc, in a thrust towards the sky.

The interior spaces participate in the movement of the facade. The showcases appear between the pleats and the planes retreat and open more firmly to shelter the passer-by and invite him to enter. Rich interior spaces succeed each other, lit by a grazing natural light created by the more generous movements of the volumes of the facade. At the last floor, the curves space out more to give access to a terrace garden, facing south.

Hence, architecture and haute couture unite in the common desire to seduce, and perpetuate the spirit and history of the Dior house and the image of a sunny, dynamic, young city, heart of contemporary design.

Nick Myall

News editor

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