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Developing commercial and residential communities of substance through creative collaboration

Dacra Projects

Founded in 1987 and recognized as an innovator in its space, Dacra is a real estate development company with a unique vision for developing commercial, residential, and mixed-use communities of substance through a distinctive combination of culture, commerce, and design.

Over the past thirty years, Dacra has played a pivotal role in Miami’s ascendance as a global city with revitalization efforts and bold new development projects that have fundamentally transformed the landscape and economics of both Miami Beach and Miami. 

The company has developed more than 2 million square feet in real estate projects. Past projects in their portfolio have included major developments on South Beach’s Art Deco District and Lincoln Road, as well as the creation of the new urbanist residential community known as AQUA on Allison Island.

Today, Dacra and its partners are ambitiously developing the Miami Design District, the 18-square block creative neighborhood and international destination.  The company also continues to push the limits of design thinking through the production and curation of Design Miami/, the global forum for design. Like all of Dacra’s endeavors, the Miami Design District and Design Miami/ stand as living testaments to the company’s uncompromising commitment to excellence and constant creativity in both development and design. 

History

Dacra was founded in 1987 by Miami native Craig Robins. The company first established a name for itself by partnering with other prominent local developers on the historical preservation of landmark hotels such as The Marlin, The Cavalier, The Leslie, The Kent, The Tides, and The Netherland, which was one of the first mixed-used projects on Ocean Drive. 

Interested in building lasting communities of substance, Dacra enhanced its preservation work in the hospitality sector by developing new commercial and mixed-used projects along Española Way and Washington Avenue. These urban renewal efforts brought restaurants, shops, entertainment, and cultural programming to the beach. Years of meticulous renovation combined with carefully curated new development worked together to bring South Beach’s Art Deco District roaring back to life. These efforts are credited with spurring an economic reawakening in the region.  

Dacra continued to fuel development and growth in Miami Beach by acquiring and developing property along Lincoln Road. Dacra saw the potential of this thoroughfare and transformed it into a vital commercial and community hub by cultivating the right tenant mix, creating vibrant public spaces and cultural programming, and encouraging a strong pedestrian culture.  Today, Lincoln Road remains a place to be and be seen for local residents and visitors alike.

In the late 1990s, Dacra acquired 8.5-acres of land on the southern tip of Allison Island in Miami Beach for residential development. Dacra set out to create a new standard for urban luxury living with this project called AQUA. To create AQUA, Dacra challenged urban planners Duany Plater-Zyberk; the architectural firms of Walter Chatham, Alex Gorlin, Alison Spear, Hariri & Hariri, Emanuela Frattini Magnuson, Brown Demandt, Suzanne Martinson, Albaisa Musumano, Allan Shulman, and Wolfberg Alvarez & Partners; and artists Richard Tuttle and Guillermo Kuitca to make their own bold contributions to this community. The result is a stunning waterfront enclave featuring 46 homes, 3 mid-rise condominiums, site-specific art installations, and state-of-the-art community amenities. AQUA still serves an international model for new urbanism.

For more than two decades, Dacra has also been the driving force behind the continued development of the Miami Design District. Today, the neighborhood is an international destination for fashion, luxury shopping, art, design, fine dining, and culture.  The District was also the inspiration for Design Miami/, the accompanying design fair for Art Basel.  Design Miami/ was founded in 2005 by Craig Robins and fairs are produced annually in Miami Beach, Florida and Basel, Switzerland.

News

 

Artnet

9 Fascinating Objects at Design Miami 2016

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Time Out

Here's how to spend the perfect day in the Miami Design District

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CNN Style

Design Miami Basel 2016: Why the design and art worlds are converging

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Travel and Leisure

The Rise of the Global Design District

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Miami New Times

The Best Things to Do in the Design District

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Eater Miami

Take a Look Inside OTL, the Design District’s New Bright, Laid-Back Café

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The Telegraph

Design Miami Highlights

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W Magazine

Old School and Cutting Edge Furniture to Blow Your Mind: The Best of Design Miami 2016

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Financial Times

Design Miami: From limited edition jewellery to a shimmering café installation

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CNN Style

Highlights from Design Miami 2016

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Miami Herald

What’s next for Miami’s Design District? Gucci, an Estefan Kitchen, yoga

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The Real Deal

Gucci – and 30 other stores and restaurants – head to the Design District

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Wallpaper

Class act: Harvard students honour architecture's unrealised back catalogue with a pavilion for Design Miami

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Miami Today

Miami Design District enters new phase of development

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Sun-Sentinel

Art, fashion collide in Miami Design District

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Miami Herald

Redesign of the Design District: New boutiques and restaurants arriving

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Miami Herald

New stores blend culture, commerce in Miami’s Design District

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New York Times

In Miami, Luxury Knows No Limits

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Bloomberg

Miami Luxury Real Estate Is Totally on Fire: Robins

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Miami Herald

Joint venture buys minority share in Design District

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New York Times

Four Square Blocks: Miami

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New York Times

Upstart in Miami Lures Luxury Stores From a Chic Citadel

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Miami Herald

Miami Design District’s transformation into a luxury shopping destination is underway

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Business of Fashion

In Miami’s Design District, A Mix of Culture and Commerce Is Set to Grow

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New York Times

Here Comes the Neighborhood

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Ocean Drive

Craig Robins Jump-Starts the Design District

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Wall Street Journal

Showdown Over Miami's Swank Set

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