A Reimagined Avenue Captures the Warmth and Charm of a European Piazza

During the summer, the streetscape hosted an art installation by the Umbrella Sky Project.

During the summer, the streetscape hosted an art installation by the Umbrella Sky Project.

This streetscape project reimagines the Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue corridors as distinctive pedestrian-dominant environments with character unique to the city of Coral Gables, Fla. New York-based Cooper Robertson’s design strengthens the identity of Miracle Mile as Coral Gables’ premier public place and creates an exceptional streetscape with world-class character composed of authentic and resilient materials.

On Miracle Mile—the four-block length of Coral Way between LeJeune and Douglas Plazas—three staggered rows of trees soften the edges of the street to slow traffic flow. Changing the 45-degree parking to parallel enables the widening of sidewalks to accommodate dynamic street furniture and outdoor seating at restaurants and cafés. An emphasis on a sense of arrival at the plazas and the north-south circulation of pedestrians at crosswalks and paseos knits together the surrounding downtown streets.

Parallel parking enables the widening of sidewalks to accommodate dynamic street furniture and outdoor seating at restaurants and cafés.

Parallel parking enables the widening of sidewalks to accommodate dynamic street furniture and outdoor seating at restaurants and cafés.


Giralda Avenue is transformed into a curbless, pedestrian-dominant street that can be closed to vehicular traffic for special events. To give Giralda Avenue its own unique character, it is differentiated by concentric paving patterns inspired by raindrops. At the center of the block between Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Merrick Way, the design creates the focal point of an outdoor room where palm trees, distinct paving and suspended dashes of LED lights create a unique sensory experience.

Retrofit Team

Architect: Cooper Robertson, New York
Associate Architect: Rodriquez and Quiroga Architects Chartered, Coral Gables, Fla.
Landscape Architect: Local Office Landscape Architecture, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Associate Landscape Architect: Geomantic Designs Inc., Miami
Lighting Design: Fisher Marantz Stone, New York
Signage and Wayfinding: Two Twelve, New York

Materials

Paving: Stone & Equipment
LED Lighting: Selux; Hydrel; OCL; and Primus Lighting
Outdoor Furnishings: Stone & Equipment; Landscape Forms; and DCL

Photos: Steven Brooke, courtesy Cooper Robertson

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