Meet the Architect: Garcia Stromberg GS4 Studios

For over 25 years Garcia Stromberg has been involved in a multitude of project types. From the western coast of Saudi Arabia to remote areas of Central America and in the US particularly throughout the state of Florida, the company has immersed itself in the cultural diversities of the local vernacular. On each of these projects they have performed a multitude of services including architecture, planning, interior design, graphic design, web design, and marketing strategies. Their combined experience and knowledge within these fields allows for seamless coordination with the entire project team. In each location they have created affiliations with local professionals to further achieve total project success. They are always design driven with a thorough understanding of the responsibilities of the economic, political, social and time constraints present in every venture.

Q & A


Q:

What is it like to combine an historic building, the legacy of The Escape, with a new building? Does the design DNA of The Escape influence your work on the new building, or is there a conscious effort to create something entirely new?

A:

The challenge of combining historic and new is looked upon from our perspective as an opportunity to react to more criteria and therefore further catalyze our creativity. We do not believe either component should dominate the concept. The existing historic provide influence that we respect on terms of scale primarily and we have introduced that scale into the massing of the new building. The new building on the other hand contributes primarily in setting the new architectural vernacular while borrowing some imagery from the Ft. Lauderdale Beach “Mid-Century Modern”. In the end, the solution is “all” new.

Q:

What are the challenges in combining a hotel with a condominium building, and how does it impact your thoughts on the overall design?

A:

The challenge in designing projects with mixed uses, primarily with residential / hospitality uses is the seamless approach of both pedestrian and vehicular circulation. This task has driven a substantial amount of our solution with the additional challenge of an existing “historical” structure. We are extremely proud of having accomplished the task, while sharing limited amenities and providing a comprehensive architectural look.

Q:

What were your influences from the Gale South Beach hotel?

A:

Primarily in the early / mid century streamline. 



Q:

How does the hotel aspect of The Gale ­ restaurant, lounges, rooftop sky deck, retail space ­ influence the residential tower?

A:

The building mass, at once “eroded” for the purpose of minimizing high solid elements, contributes to the physical setbacks to accommodate these amenities.