BAC House
Miami, Florida

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.

Originally built in the early 1920’s 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, along with 1521 Design Studio, collaborated in this project, which attempts to redefine and upgrade their primary exterior event space and lobby, improving the circulation and visibility to 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 intrinsic characteristics of both existing and proposed are redefined in a new choreographed space. This strategy provides a location for out-door venues as well as 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 for the lobby is the creation of 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.



BAC House
Miami, Florida
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BAC House
Miami, Florida

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.

Originally built in the early 1920’s 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, along with 1521 Design Studio, collaborated in this project, which attempts to redefine and upgrade their primary exterior event space and lobby, improving the circulation and visibility to 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 intrinsic characteristics of both existing and proposed are redefined in a new choreographed space. This strategy provides a location for out-door venues as well as 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 for the lobby is the creation of 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.