Arquitectonica is arguably Miami’s most important and influential architectural firm. The firm, which started out in a small Miami studio with two architects (Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear) in 1977, has evolved into a major international firm with 11 offices around the globe.
The firm’s success is something Miami should be proud of. Consider that the city served as the creative laboratory through which this great awarding-winning firm has evolved. The firm is a veteran in the high density condo design market in Miami.
They designed Brickell icons such as the Imperial, the Atlantis, and the Palace. Although these buildings are no longer talked about, for many years they were the most outstanding structures Brickell had to offer and emblematic of Miami.
Arquitectonica’s latest Miami project designs are powerful and ambitious. Many of them have several buildings (Icon Brickell, Latitude, Axis and Bentley to name a few). the Related Group has just commissioned them to design Icon Bay. They did work on Icon Puerto Vallarta.
Hyperion Development has taken a liking to their work (Marina Blue and Blue on the Bay) having their projects exclusively designed by them.
In analyzing their architectural corpus you will find allusions to some of their past designs; animated and lively expressions. However, for the most part, in considering new projects such as the Hyperion developments, Icon Brickell and South Beach, Marquis, Infinity, and Axis, one must conclude that their vision of Miami is looking forward.
A glimpse of what will be a city packed with glassy, sleek, soaring skyscrapers crammed amid palm trees and traffic. One finds comfort in knowing that much of the Miami skyline is changing with strokes of Arquitectonica’s genius.
Developers in Hong Kong have begun to contract their work; another clear parallel between the two sub-tropical boomtowns. Arquitectonica is not inexpensive to employ. It is no coincidence that the wealthiest and most powerful developers often choose them. Development moguls know what works well and pay the high price, accordingly. As far as they are concerned, contracting Architectonica to do their design work preserves their legacy, protects their investment, and almost ensures visual success.
For Miamians, who bear witness to their city’s preposterous growth, Architectonica is an indelible part of their history.