After settling in Miami, working for Architect Robert Bradford Brown, Architect Willy Borroto managed to grow a very successful relationship with the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County.
As an architect student at Berkeley’s the professors were among the leading architects of the modern and post-modern era. LeCorbusier and Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe were among his big influencers. He studied and greatly admired both Mexican Architect Luis R Barragan and American Architect Louis Khan a great influence and legacy of modern architecture within the use of forms, spaces, and color.
Willy had the honor to be part of a small group of students that attended Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe lectures. Mies sought to establish a new architectural style that could represent the Modern style that the Bauhaus school represented. Characterized by the use of modern materials such as steel and plate glass, with simple framework structures and free-flowing open space. He would be associated with “less is more”. Willy’s future works have reflected a great influence of Mies proposal architecture & design.
Architect Willy Borroto’s Projects & Developments
Throughout his career, Architect Willy Borroto leaves a footprint as a brilliant and diversified Architect. As an urbanist, he designed the Culmer park urban renewal project (HUD) a project that marked the beginning of a great relationship with the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County. Following several other projects as the Dunbar Elementary School and the Miami Dade College KoubeK Memorial Center.
Office Buildings were among his numerous projects. Consorcio Noboa in Guayaquil represented much of Willy’s style of design with an oblong building unique in its simplicity, unobtrusive and with human scale, its location provided the building to be viewed from different directions adding to the city’S cosmopolitan glam. In Key Biscayne, 50 West Mashta is among his office buildings.
The Mall del Sol shopping centers in Guayaquil during the late 90s is one of his incredible creations. He introduced the low-e type of glass-chamber enclosures panel, heat resistant and he used these panels to create a center spine that illuminates the center of the mall and the food court.
He was also part of several other shopping centers in Valencia and Barquisimeto in Venezuela.
3121 Commodore Plaza in Coconut Grove the first mix media building in Miami-dade, a medium-rise commercial building housing boutiques and an outdoor cafe on the ground floor, offices on the second floor and residential apartments on the third floor. Architect Willy Borroto was referred to as a visionary for adding outdoor dining on the ground floor, initiating the beginning of what we now know of Coconut Grove outdoor cafes and dining. He was involved in many other mix use buildings as the Morrison Building in Bogota, and Key Colony Plaza in Key Biscayne one of his latest projects.
Hotels in Hialeah, the Bahamas, Venezuela, Aruba, The Grenadines, and Ecuador are also part of his portfolio. The Wyndham was built in a very narrow strip of land facing the Guayas river in Ecuador. An impressive development that included Hotel Wyndham, a hotel residence, and a condominium. Willy put into practice the three elements of good architecture: Commodity – large spaces, Firmness – steel structure, Delight – sensuous curves. Willy adds “ I had a great time designing……and contributing to the Guayaquil skylight by introducing modern construction in the midst of the old city”.
Porcao (Brasilian) Restaurant is one of those restaurants you need to try, designed by Willy. He also designed the food courts in all Shopping Centers including Origin Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar, in Key Biscayne.
Doctors Offices such as Baker & Gordon Plastic Surgeons, Khouri Hand Center, Medical Arts Center were some of the projects. The Worship Center Chabad in Key Biscayne, Santuario La Divina Misericordia in Guayaquil and Temple Israel of Greater Miami are part of the diversity of projects he got involved.
Hope you enjoyed going thru such an amazing portfolio of Willy’s life and projects, next I’ll tell you all about the luxury homes he built in Ecuador!