Week 13: Conversations with Marc Simmons, FRONT Inc.

Miami-Dade County has one of the strongest building codes in the country. Hurricane prone southern Florida is a challenging environment to build large glass facades. We turned to Marc Simmons of FRONT (and a colleague of mine at Georgia Tech School of Architecture) to begin a conversation about our ideas for the three Public House storefronts. Note: FRONT is the façade consultant on the recently completed Perez Art Museum Miami.

Our design strategy for Made in Opa-locka’s facades is both graphic and programmatic:

1.     Moorish Turquoise: Large glass façade cuts will be made into existing homes to reveal public spaces stuffed within the interior. All Public Houses will also be painted a monochromatic Pantone 326U that we’ve affectionately called “Moorish Turquoise.”

2.     Grillz: All micro-businesses will be clad with a gold expanded metal. These surfaces will act as a rainscreen stretched and wrapped around a more conventional wood frame wall construction. Known as Grillz, these highly reflective golden façades create a graphic identity for neighborhood businesses.

As the architectural design develops in upcoming months, we look forward to many more conversations with Simmons about façade details and ingenious solutions. 

-- Jennifer Bonner

 Micro Spaces: Gold metal facade // Public Spaces: Monochromatic exterior paint

Micro Spaces: Gold metal facade // Public Spaces: Monochromatic exterior paint

 The facade cut will become a large storefront window to reveal the new interior public programs. 

The facade cut will become a large storefront window to reveal the new interior public programs. 

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