Dior Miami

North Miami / United States / 2016

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The new Dior Flagship designed by the French-Italian firm BarbaritoBancel architects in the Design district of Miami is honoured by the American architecture Prize 2016, an international award, which every year, rewards the best performances worldwide.


«Searching for a form of architectural truth, we believe in the universality and timelessness of emotion»



The principal stake: design a building to Dior’s image
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, 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.


«Architecture and haute couture unite in the common desire to seduce»



The facade

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 façade 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.


«Imagine evident spaces designed by light»



The interior spaces
The interior spaces participate in the movement of the façade. 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 façade. 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.


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

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    The new Dior Flagship designed by the French-Italian firm BarbaritoBancel architects in the Design district of Miami is honoured by the American architecture Prize 2016, an international award, which every year, rewards the best performances worldwide. «Searching for a form of architectural truth, we believe in the universality and timelessness of emotion» The principal stake: design a building to Dior’s imageThe first step of the architects was to define and to gather the...

    Project details
    • Year 2016
    • Work finished in 2016
    • Client Christian Dior Couture
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Showrooms/Shops / Interior Design
    Lovers 67 users