As Miami readies itself for Art Basel and Design Miami, the city’s Design District has been filling in apace. What was – even just a year ago – a patchwork of luxury stores has become a neighbourhood unto itself. From his fourth floor office window overlooking the district, real estate developer Craig Robins points out the highlights: restaurants there, art galleries here, and shops everywhere, with hotels and plazas on the way. One of the big markers of change was the recent opening of a new Hermès boutique. Designed by Paris-based architecture firm RDAI, the boutique is a glass-clad volume surrounded by a grove of steel rods, all painted white and varying in thickness. Today, we present you this amazing boutique! The three-storey Hermès boutique includes a ground-level space for Saint-Louis, the preeminent European glass-and crystal-making company, and a rooftop terrace, planted with trees. RDAI also included a tree in an alcove on street level, which will provide dappled shade in the store and on the sidewalk. ‘I wanted it to seem like we organised the building around a tree,’ explains Montel.