|Location||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|Principal||Everald Colas AIA, NOMA|
Evan Vander Ploeg,
We are at a critical moment in our collective history. Big questions are being asked. How do we empower people? How do we develop our neighborhoods? How do we celebrate the rich history of places while also acknowledging their generational trauma? Can we do this while maintaining a progressive vision for the future? Answers are never easy, but they will begin with design.
The award-winning STORYN Studio for Architecture accepts both the challenge and responsibility in their proposal for the Agronom Market in the heart of the Historic Sistrunk neighborhood in Ft. Lauderdale. This powerful project envisions design to partner with the community and produces a rich, urban experience mixing traditional retail and micro-neighborhood-based retail.
For more than a century, this historic, African American Community has developed a rich and vibrant neighborhood and Agronom only fortifies this tradition. It provides a new opportunity for the community to develop itself organically, according to its collective priorities, and adds to the richness of Sistrunk with an exciting architectural expression that capitalizes on a vernacular language with a subtle, contemporary twist.
Shaded pathways and lush public gardens provide inclusive spaces where everyone should have the opportunity to feel that they belong and be part. Providing a neighborhood living room, with promenades and tranquil spaces to sit, talk, eat, shop and share, there is plenty for us all. Agronom is designed for closeness, for togetherness. The small, local shops embrace the long-held traditions of this place. The driving vision of this project seeks inclusivity and partnership amongst all the members of this community that call this place home. Working together, we can do great things to preserve and increase access to treasured neighborhood institutions. In their design of the Agronom, the architects at STORYN present the potential of making an architecture of belonging.
“For more than a century, this historic, African American Community has developed a rich and vibrant neighborhood and Agronom only fortifies this tradition.”