Renowned Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma Reveals Vision for Mirai Design District, a Dynamic Mixed-Use DevelopmentDecember 7, 2023
A triumvirate of visionary developers comprising Lionheart Capital, Leviathan Development, and Well Duo is poised to elevate the Miami Design District with the unveiling of MIRAI Design District at 4200 NE 2nd Avenue, an architectural gem crafted by Kengo Kuma and Associates (KKAA). This avant-garde mixed-use project marks Kengo Kuma’s inaugural venture into mixed-use development in the United States, promising to redefine architectural sophistication and serve as a global attraction for Miami.
The term “MIRAI,” Japanese for “the distant future,” encapsulates the forward-thinking essence of this project, signaling innovation and progressive design. MIRAI aims to curate a luxurious and uncluttered lifestyle at the city’s core, seamlessly blending refined design with a prime location to offer a sophisticated shopping haven.
Scheduled to break ground in the Summer of 2024 and reach completion by the end of 2025, MIRAI has enlisted the expertise of the acclaimed landscape architecture firm Island Planning Corporation, led by Nathan Browning, to envision complementary green-scapes. Additionally, the renowned Italian lighting company Viabizzuno will oversee the creation of captivating lightscapes. This expert design team has been assembled to ensure a harmonious fusion of natural elements and cutting-edge technology.
Allison Greenfield, Principal of Leviathan Development and Chief Development Officer at Lionheart Capital, expressed, “MIRAI Design District will be an architectural masterpiece with world-class allure, offering a distinctive fusion of boutique luxury retail and exceptional workplace environments.” She envisions a reawakening of a sense of discovery in the retail experience, emphasizing a unique, curated shopping atmosphere housed in a structure embodying the same philosophy.
The building is designed to attract bespoke and high-street retail brands focusing on design excellence; MIRAI’s ground floor will feature 17 modular retail units totaling approximately 15,500 rentable square feet. The second and third floors will house four commercial units, providing about 41,000 square feet for businesses seeking trophy office locations in a highly designed-building.
Architect Kengo Kuma sees MIRAI as a canvas, blending Japanese traditions with the natural beauty of Miami. His designs extend beyond the physical structure, incorporating greenery, pedestrian passages, and a living rooftop. The building integrates tech-savvy and sustainable features, including high-tech lobbies, operable windows, VRS systems, and a living green roof adorned with solar panels.
Inspired by Japanese aesthetics and local Floridian landscapes, a lush central garden invites tenants and visitors to partake in an al-fresco cultural experience. Situated at the northeast corner of the Design District, MIRAI Design District seamlessly connects commercial and residential areas, embracing the pedestrian-oriented nature of the District.
MIRAI Design District transcends being merely a building; it is poised to be a destination within Miami’s cultural core and an extension of the Miami Design District (MDD). Tenants will immerse themselves in ultra-luxury retail, captivating architecture, art galleries, and Michelin-starred restaurants, contributing to the vibrant tapestry of Miami’s cultural scene.
Craig Robins, CEO of DACRA, the driving force behind the Miami Design District, lauds MIRAI Design District for bringing the depth and modernity of Japanese design to the district. He welcomes the brilliant team behind MIRAI as contributors to the ongoing evolution of the Miami Design District.