Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce and County Office Building

Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce and County Office Building

The project entails the design of the new Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce and County Office Building in Wynwood. The Puerto Rican Community has a rich and long history in Miami centered in Wynwood, but until now it did not have a hub. Our project will provide a café, learning, art, meeting and office spaces for this purpose. In addition, the upper floors will be devoted to offices for Miami-Dade County and for the Commissioner serving Wynwood. The building draws its inspiration from the industrial nature of the neighborhood and the mostly one-story warehouses that define the character of Wynwood, along with the street art (murals) that have become a tourist destination. In keeping with the neighborhood and to diminish the building mass, the last floor is set-back and a large terrace fronts 29th Street. The façade treatment of the upper floors is governed by the rhythmic repetition of vertical fins that recall industrial building architecture of the 20th century. The ground floor is composed of retail spaces and a café along with the building entrance lobby. A glass storefront lines 29thStreet that is generously set-back of the sidewalk to create additional space for outdoor events to happen. The upper floors have offices and a children education center.