Miami Rescue Mission Builds Stylish Dorm In Wynwood

The Miami Herald is reporting that the Miami Rescue Mission has enlisted renowned architect, Kobi Karp and Michael Capponi, nightlife impresario turned construction maven, to build a new men’s dormitory in Wynwood providing a clean and stylish facility for the homeless.

Miami Rescue Mission, architectural rendering

Miami Rescue Mission, architectural rendering

From Miami Herald… By sheer necessity, the people who have run the Miami Rescue Mission in its 90 years of existence grew adept at squeezing a dollar to feed, house and rehabilitate innumerable homeless men, women and children.

More recently, they have developed something else as well: a knack for integrating inexpensive but distinctive design into its facilities as it gradually expands to meet the needs of its growing clientele.

The newest exhibit is an old warehouse behind the mission’s men’s center in Wynwood that’s being fully retrofitted to sleep 78 men in a dorm-like setting, complete with private lockers, study lounges and an auditorium with exposed rafters. Over the building front will go a swoopy canopy, and over the front door a MiMo-style half-moon eyebrow on which will stand letters spelling out the institution’s name in blue.

The new center, now under construction, was designed in efficient, simple-cool style by Miami architect Kobi Karp, best known for glitzy condo towers and hotels here and abroad, and it’s being built out by contractor and South Beach events promoter Michael Capponi, a longtime Rescue Mission supporter. Karp, Capponi and his subcontractors are all working for cost.

Get the full story at The Miami Herald.