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Alejandro Barrios-Carrero wins James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design

Juvia James Beard AwardArchitect and interior designer Alejandro Barrios-Carrero won the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design for his firm's design of Miami-based indoor/outdoor restaurant Juvia.
MIAMI - Venezuelan architect and interior designer Alejandro Barrios-Carrero has won the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design in the 76 seats and over category for his firm's design of Juvia.

The 10,000-sq.-ft. indoor/outdoor restaurant, owned by Jonas and Alexandria Millan and located on the penthouse level of 1111 Lincoln Road, features an innovative trackless, retractable roof, a 22-foot-high vertical plant wall by acclaimed French botanist Patrick Blanc and furniture and lighting by Patricia Urquiola, Piero Lissoni and Thomas Patterson. The space boasts a panoramic view of downtown Miami.

"In my opinion, Juvia is what the New Miami should be like," Barrios-Carrero said. "It's much more than art deco for me; I do love it, but I think Miami has much more to offer. The restaurant is part of an equation consisting of architecture, nature and great food, resulting in a special experience."

Architecturally inventive, Barrios-Carrero installed a trackless, retractable roof that acts as an umbrella and accommodates terrace dining year-round. A celestial water fountain with wrap-around sofas, situated at the center of the terrace, provides seating and further enhances the atmosphere. The indoor dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows features limestone tabletops and a communal table, made of petrified wood and accented with organic, hand-woven chairs designed by Urquiola.

Named after the indigenous Brazilian nut tree, Juvia's design "incorporates elements of nature, creating a magical juxtaposition between the massive concrete structure and a tropical jungle oasis with a subtle integration of organic shapes, colors and materials," according to a press release.

The James Beard Foundation Awards honor food and beverage professionals from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers and architects and more. The awards are presented each spring at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York.

Founded in 2002, Barrios-Carrero's multidisciplinary design studio specializes in hospitality and residential design. Based in Caracas, Venezuela, the firm's portfolio includes a wide range of projects, including private homes and commercial establishments in the United States, Venezuela, Panama and the Dominican Republic.

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