Miami’s office spaces are as unique as the companies that inhabit them. Though these environments are for working, their architects are at play: each design is an experiment in efficiency, aesthetics, and balance. While some companies require straightforward, straight-lined designs, others leave room for artistic interpretation. Firms like Perkins & Will and GliddenSpina err on the side of traditional Miami style; groups like Oppenheim Architecture and Wannemacher Jensen Architects tend to venture further outside the box.
Featured Architects: Keith Spina, AIA, LEED AP
Address: 207 6th St West Palm Beach FL 33401
GliddenSpina has been around since the late 1970s, when it was founded in West Palm Beach. The firm provides architectural and interior design services and employs more than 30 members of staff. With a laidback culture featuring company golf carts, the GliddenSpina office itself was named one of the “Coolest Offices” by South Florida Business Journal in 2014. The firm came in #15 on South Florida Business Journal’s Book of List for architectural billing and is a member of the US Green Building Council, AIA, and the International Interior Design Association.
The Viridian Office Centre, a 24,000-square-foot structure in Palm Beach Gardens, embodies the Miami spirit. Its smooth cream-colored exterior is accented by teal-colored awnings and window frames. A pair of palm trees marks the entrance. Inside, marble-esque floors lead visitors to simple office spaces with clean walls and clean lines. For GliddenSpina, classic is underrated.
GliddenSpina is also responsible for the Centrepark Corporate Center in West Palm Beach. The 75,000-square-foot building was constructed in 1999 on a 3.5-acre lot. Three stories high, and with an on-site cafe, the building is Energy Star-certified and operates at an estimated $9.76 per square foot.
9. FORMGROUP architecture + planning
Featured Architects: Omar Morales, AIA
Address: 4300 SW 73 Ave Suite 106 Miami FL 33155
For more than a decade, boutique firm FORMGROUP has been adding buildings to Miami’s architectural landscape. The firm also offers construction management services. FORMGROUP’s style is simple and modern. In addition to commercial office buildings, the firm takes on projects like custom homes, restaurants, and high-rise condominiums.
FORMGROUP calls the CIMA Corporate Headquarters building “its boldest design to date.” The 30,000-square-foot office building, complete with a three-level office structure, is the headquarters for the Miami-based communications company. The building stands at an intersection on Coral Way. The organic design was inspired by the surrounding environment of the building, which features a boulevard lined with Banyan trees. Columns are arranged randomly to support a concrete overhang, which echoes the root system of the Banyan trees using elements of modern design.
Featured Architects: Tim Neal, MBA, FRICS, and Dan Freed, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Address: 396 Alhambra Cir South Tower Suite 500 Coral Gables FL 33134
Global architecture and design practice CalllisonRTKL, a design consultancy of Arcadis, is led by Tim Neal MBA, FRICS. Neal has been in the business for over three decades. Before starting his work at CallisonRTKL, he was the Global Director of Buildings at Arcadis and head of UK and European operations for EC Harris. The firm has offices all over the world, including one in Miami’s lush Coral Gables neighborhood, and has garnered numerous awards. In 2017 alone, the firm won three 2017 Shop! Design Awards.
Brickell World Plaza, originally called the Brickell Financial Center, is one of Miami’s tallest buildings. Standing at 520 feet tall, the 40-story office skyscraper houses 600k square feet of office space. The accompanying parking garage consists of 11 stories, with 927 available spaces. A ground-level public plaza comprises 30,000 square feet, for a total square footage of over a million.
CallisonRTKL is also the firm behind an office space that houses CresaPartners. Cresa called RTKL in to design their corporate workspace in Miami. Cresa wanted something different from its old workplace design, and tasked RTKL with creating a space that would facilitate company growth, as well as combat generational shifts and an ever-evolving market.
7. Mateu Architecture
Featured Architects: Roney Mateu, AIA
Address: 8887 SW 131st St Miami FL 33176
Over the past four decades, Roney J. Mateu has focused on design sustainable structures. His architecture firm, Mateu Architecture, has won more than 60 AIA Design Awards for work on projects across a wide range of sectors. The firm has received such honors as the AIA Firm of the Year award in 1997, the Hispanic American business Association’s Architectural Firm of the Year award in 1998, the Florida Association of AIA’s 2000 Millenium Award of Honor for Design, Twentieth Century Decade 1981-1990.
Mateu Architecture developed an eight-story mixed-use building in the industrial area of Coral Gables in 2011. The project includes 12,000- square feet of retail, live/work units, and professional offices as well as parking, a private rooftop gym with expansive views, and a pool exclusively for the building’s residents. In the modern tradition, the boutique building favors straight, clean lines and geometric patterns as well as state-of-the-art touches such as an impact glass elevator tower.
6. Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design
Featured Architects: Kobi Karp, AIA
Address: 2915 Biscayne Blvd Suite #200 Miami FL 33137-4197
Kobi Karp founded his design firm in 1996, having studied architecture and environmental design at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology.
Since its founding in 1996, Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design has been the firm behind not only commercial buildings, but large-scale hospitality and condominium projects. Karp is a member of the American Institute of Architects and his awards resume includes the Outstanding Young Architect of the Year award, the Hospitality Industry Network’s Excellence in Design award for his work on the Hilton Q-Club, and the Miami Design Preservation League Merit Award for his work on the Cadillac Hotel.
In 2012, Curbed Miami reported that Kobi Karp-designed 1101 Brickell would be Miami’s tallest building until 2018. At 80 stories and 849 feet high, this mixed-use highrise comprises residential units, offices, restaurants, and retail in the heart of international Brickell, sometimes referred to as “Downtown’s ambitious sibling” and “the Wall Street of the South”. Each unit comes with scenic views of the city and the bay, and office spaces include a TB Bank Cube and a U.S. Post Office. The neighborhood’s first and only smart building, Brickell was designed with cutting-edge telecommunications services.
5. Wannemacher Jensen Architects
Featured Architects: Lisa Wannebacher, AIA, and Jason Jensen, AIA, LEED AP
Address: 180 Mirror Lake Dr N St Petersburg FL 33701
Wannemacher Jensen, headquartered in St. Petersburg, has been around for over two decades. Led by Lisa Wannebacher, AIA, who founded the firm in 1992, and Jason Jensen, AIA, LEED AP, who joined in 2002, the firm has worked on hundreds of projects in the state of Florida. Wannemacher’s specialities include planning, interior design, design-build, and entertainment. Integral to the fabric of South Florida, WJA has developed banks, fire stations, entertainment piers, schools, colleges, and community centers. They were included in Florida Business Observer’s 40 Under 40 as well as Tampa Bay Illustrated’s 20 Under 40.
WJA’S design for the C1 Bank building made the South Florida Business Journal’s list of “South Florida’s Coolest Offices” in 2015. “With Andy Warhol paintings, no traditional teller line, and meeting pods, one might mistake this for an art gallery,” the Journal writes. The office is the flagship branch of the Community Bank, and is decked out with programmable LED lights in bold colors. The circular desk in the lobby is there only during the day; at night, it’s folded away so that the bank can host events in the space. And at closing time, passersby will know the bank is no longer open: a green laser leads a light show.
Wannemacher Jensen also designed the Tech Data Office Building, a 45,000-square-foot structure in Largo, FL. The building is quite the opposite of C1. The walls are white, and the lines are straight and clean. Courtyards invite natural light into the interior space, and the firm installed an enormous stair in the lobby to promote exercise.
4. Oppenheim Architecture
Featured Architects: Chad Oppenheim, FAIA
Address: 245 NE 37th St Miami FL 33137
The Awards page of Oppenheim Architecture’s website could be a website of its own. Led by Chad Oppenheim and founded in 1999, the firm has garnered more than 45 AIA Awards, contributing to a total of more than 70 firm distinctions overall. Headquartered in Miami, with offices in New York and Switzerland, the firm has done work in more than two dozen countries. Its office buildings look like much more than office buildings. They’re pieces of art. The New York Times has called Oppenheim “a minimalist on a beach of excess.”
Oppenheim designed GLF Headquarters, a 20,000-square-foot commercial office complex in Miami. GLF, an Italian company, wanted a headquarters that would stand out against surrounding buildings. The complex consists of office and studio space, conference rooms, lounges, balconies, and common areas. The structure, built of exposed concrete, raw steel, and glass, stands four stories tall.
Featured Architects: Lawrence Kline, Assoc. AIA
Address: 806 Douglas Rd Suite 300 Coral Gables FL 33134
Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary firm that leverages research from its proprietary laboratories to design progressive and efficient plans, earning hundreds of design awards internationally while they are at it. Founded in 1935, Perkins+Will began as a small Chicago office run by partners Lawrence B. Perkins and Philip Will, Jr. Serving as the gateway to the Americas, the Miami office alone has developed over $800M’s worth of high-profile projects and works with heavyweight corporate clients such as American Express, L’Oreal, and American Airlines. The firm won AIA’s Firm of the Year in 2015. They rank #1 in Higher Education Design, according to Architectural Record, and collaborate with almost every institute of higher learning in Florida as well as the Miami Children’s Hospital.
In September 2012, Perkins & Will completed the Miami-Dade College Academic Support Center. With a price tag of $24M, the building houses admission offices on the first floor as well as all of the school’s Student Services departments, serving a combined 120,000 students per year. The 135K-square-foot structure is centered around a main atrium, which functions as the student lounge, and features two outdoor learning spaces in keeping with one of the college’s 10 Learning Outcomes—to recognize the impact that humans have on their environment. The building also houses a Resource and Testing Center and twenty-one 930-square-foot classrooms. The exposed-concrete, light-filled design was featured in ArchDaily, World Architecture News, and Architizer.
2. Zyscovich Architects
Featured Architects: Bernard Zyscovich, FAIA
Address: 100 N Biscayne Blvd 27th Floor Miami FL 33132
Zyscovich designed the University of Miami’s “Right Space 2 Meet Accelerator.” The 10,000-square-foot construction, which hosts both startup and top 500 companies, facilitates meetings. The space features semi-private and open work surfaces, phone booths as well as space for meetings or collaborations.
The firm also designed the building that houses Urban Resource Group, the landscape design division of Kimley Horn and Associates. The 7,000-square-foot Miami Beach offices were designed in 2004. Featuring exposed ceilings, wood and bamboo details, and an open-office layout, the zen office space is simultaneously earthy and modern.
Featured Architects: Bernardo Fort-Brescia, FAIA, and Laurinda Spear, FAIA, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP, IIDA
Address: 2900 Oak Ave Miami FL 33133
Arquitectonica is headed by Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear. Since its founding in 1977, the group has gone global with satellite offices in New York, Los Angeles, Peru, Brazil, Dubai, Shanghai, and France. The firm’s project resume spans nearly five dozen countries across five continents, and they have earned hundreds of design awards over the years and its projects have been featured in internationally-acclaimed museums and institutions worldwide.
Arquitectonica has helped to shape Miami’s commercial persona, designing the spacious, 692K-square-foot American Airlines Arena, the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center with its walls of windows, the currently-under-construction 990-foot-tall Skyrise Miami observation tower.
The 72,000-square-foot Aventura Government Center is home to a handful of local government agencies: Police, Community Development and Services, as well as City Council and Administration offices. There is on-site surface parking for 200 cars. Police can park in a secured parking area. Built into the hurricane-resistant design are also an emergency operations center and emergency power generators.
Arquitectonica’s own headquarters in Coconut Grove is a two-story, 34,000-square-foot structure made of exposed masonry and concrete. The walls of interior conference rooms are made of Honduran mahogany. Floors are of polished concrete, and the duct work and drywall are often exposed to create an industrial feel. On the exterior, brickwork characterizes the entrance. The color of the bricks is in coordination with the “rustic-toned” frames on the windows.