Girls’ Club

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In the midst of a quiet street on the northern edge of downtown Fort Lauderdale, Glavovic Studio has created a resonating presence for a new paradigm:  Girls’ Club – an Artist Studio, Collection, Gallery, Foundation and quasi-public space.  De-centralized yet at the center of the Art Community in South Florida and Broward County, Francie Bishop Good, a well-known artist and collector of women’s art along with her husband David Horvitz are the philanthropists behind the creation of a new destination in the Arts Community, Girls’ Club. Glavovic Studio has radically modified an existing two story masonry building from 1984 with an exterior reconfigured façade layered with light, landscape and enigmatic materials from local craft making techniques and industrial references, announcing the mission of the Girls’ Club.

The façade is clad in resin panels, layered on adjusted steel framing creating the illusion of a vertical landscape directly over the existing windows and wall. A thin veil of light creates the illusion of skin and stone.  This concept of layering continues inside through the steel entrance which unifies the Artist and Exhibit space.  Materials, light and color are explored providing an ideal environment for Art and Artists to exchange and the public purpose to unfold. A series of pivot walls are inserted to reconfigure the space as needed. The Florida’s light is modified both vertically, horizontally and through deep penetrations into the service spaces.  A mezzanine is introduced providing an alternate intimate space for an Artist in residence/gallery with a change in scale and point of view.

Culture Comes to Fort Lauderdale Once Again by Nina Korman. Tropic Magazine. January 2012.

Private Spaces for Contemporary Art by Peter Doroshenko. 2011.

Artsy in Miami by Carmen Ferreira. Aishti Magazine. August/September 2010.

Brand Identities. Surface Magazine. The Art and Design Issue No.72.  July 2008.

Feminine Mystique.  Florida Inside Out Magazine.  January/February 2008.

1000x Architecture of The Americas by Michelle Galindo. Braun Publishing. 2008.

Art or building? You Decide. Home Magazine. Volume 5, Number 12.  December 2007.

2012 World Architecture Community Top 10 Selected Through the Ratings Award

2008 Florida State AIA Award of Excellence

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