Miami Beach, FL

The Freehand Hotel, formerly known as the Indian Creek Hotel, is one of Miami Beach’s iconic buildings, where a 1932 Russell Pancoast designed home still stands and has been converted to a restaurant.

Hidden on an overgrown side street near the ocean, the hotel is funky and eclectic, a place to relax and unwind, just outside the more frenetic South Beach club scene just to the south.

The development’s vision was to leave the site as is and to transform the cluster of existing buildings into a 21st century hostel. The restaurant makes a double use of the tranquil open landscaped site with the addition of various tropical fruit trees and a roof deck on top of the kitchen pavilion to grow fresh greens and herbs. The result is a fresh and innovative “cast away” urban beach farm commune that is a mixture of naiveté and sophistication.

The project received a Dade Heritage Trust Preservation Award in 2017 for Adaptive Use and Renovation of Historic Buildings. 

Interior Design – Roman and Williams
Architecture - William Lane Architect
Landscape Design – Savino & Miller Design Studio