BAC House
Miami, Florida

Project Type: Building design,
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BAC House

Project Type: Architectural Design
Project Status: Planned
Completion Date: April 2012
Site Area: 3,200 SF
Team: PlusUrbia + 1521 Design Studio
Client: Bakehouse Art Complex Board of Trustees

Bakehouse Art Complex is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to attracting emerging mid-career artists in South Florida to a workplace that provides affordable studios, exhibition galleries, and professional development opportunities.

Initially built in the early 1920s as the American Bakeries Company, The Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC) purchased the property and retrofitted the facility into working studios for artists and exhibition galleries. PlusUrbia and 1521 Design Studio collaborated on this project, which attempts to redefine and upgrade their primary exterior event space and lobby, improving the circulation and visibility of both the gallery and the studios.

For the exterior event space, we conceived an intervention that is endowed with a considerable level of autonomy. By clearly defining the space and providing a compatible yet distinct language, the existing and proposed intrinsic characteristics are redefined in a new choreographed space. This strategy offers a location for outdoor venues and a welcoming entrance to the BAC’s facility. The design provides a well-defined three-dimensional space that becomes the heart of the new BAC.
The objective of the lobby is to create a space that captures the essence of the former bakehouse while incorporating contemporary elements such as industrial lighting, a stainless steel table, and repurposed wood.  This ensemble results in a nostalgic and elegant atmosphere.
In collaboration with 1521 Design Studio.

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