By: Ismael Rodriguez

By the end of 2018, the Miami Design District will conclude its transformation from a gritty shovel-scraped stretch of neighborhood space to a luxurious shopping destination, hosting everything from designer shops to hotels, restaurants, museums and art collections.

The district, which runs from Biscayne Boulevard to North Miami Avenue, and from 36th Street to 42nd Street, has already attracted designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Christian Dior, Tom Ford and Giorgio Armani, most of which have opened boutiques alongside each other, surrounding artworks as Buckminster Fuller’s Fly Eye Dome and Xavier Veilhan’s Le Corbusier.

“The plan is to be a creative laboratory, where you can walk around and see amazing art, fashion, design and graphic design,” Craig Robbins, president and CEO of Dacra, the real estate firm behind the redevelopment, told the press.

As of right now, only 50 percent of the renovations are completed. Robins believes the final product will contain 120 high-end stores and at least 15 eateries.