Engineering the Gucci Flagship

Agencie engineered the Miami Design District’s newest neighbor, the Gucci Flagship.  A colorful addition to the other luxury stores in the District, the store is located in the expansion plaza at 139 NE 41st St.  Agencie executed the pattern-swirled design universe conceived by Creative Director Alessandro Michele and the Gucci America team.  The stunning two-story boutique is over 4,700 square feet and is opening in time for Art Basel.

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Engineering the Gucci Flagship Image
Engineering the Gucci Flagship Image

The showpiece of the store is a sweeping, cantilevered stair.  Agencie engineered the structure and also developed the fabrication model and drawings. The engineering challenge was supporting the 5 ton stair over the lengthy 40ft span. The governing design criteria for this type of structure is vibrations. As the structural engineer, Agencie analyzed the vibrations using a 3D non-linear P-Delta methodology.  We worked hand-in-hand with  Milanese fabricator Arredo Quattro  to develop fabrication drawings.  The steel stair is clad in red-lacquered wood.  Incredibly, the stair was flown by plane from Milan and installed by Milanese craftsman.

Engineering the Gucci Flagship Image

The façade is a unique contrast between calacatta marble and pistachio-green powder coated mullions.  The assembly consists of honeycomb panels, structural steel and aluminum rivets. The mullion geometry conceals a back-lit LED element. The façade is topped with planters with lush greenery echoing a tropical aesthetic.  Planters were secured on the rooftop structure to support the foliage.  Additionally, a customized mural adjacent to the storefront is a piece by Spanish artist, Coco Capitan. This distinct visual concept was exclusively for this boutique, embracing the neighborhood known for design and culture. The façade and landscaping is engineered for the rigorous High Velocity Hurricane Zone wind forces and impact.

Engineering the Gucci Flagship Image
Engineering the Gucci Flagship Image
Engineering the Gucci Flagship Image

The evolution and spirit of the store epitomizes a modern lifestyle defined by innovative design and cultural impact.

- Craig Robins, CEO and President of DACRA

The interiors were suspended from a ceiling substructure. The result is a space with rich pink fabric walls and a marble mosaic floor. The juxtaposition of this sort, where opposites forge a new connection, is repeated ubiquitously: technical, mechanical display units contrast with the softness of the rich fabrics that wrap the rooms. The upholstered ceilings, matelassé panels and lighting were suspended from the concrete-on-metal-deck and meticulously coordinated with our talented long-time collaborators S4 Architecture. The store is a cross-pollination of the worlds of fashion, art, architecture and engineering.

Engineering the Gucci Flagship Image

Keeping with the elegant and contemporary eclecticism that characterizes Gucci’s new collections, the store sees the combination of traditional, modern, industrial and romantic.

- Colin Daniels, Haute Living

Type
Retail

Services

Structural Engineering
Façade Engineering
Steel Fabrication Drawings
Special Inspections

Recognition

Architectural Digest
Haute Living
Ocean Drive Magazine
Fashion Week Daily
Haute LivingItalia Living

Team

Sarrah Khan, PE
Nuria Forques Puigcerver
Marina Saiz