Grove at Grand Bay: A First Look Inside BIG's Twisting Miami Towers

November 7, 2016   |   Designboom

 

New images have been released of ‘grove at grand bay’, a pair of twisting towers in miami designed by bjarke ingels group. the development, which completed earlier this year, comprises two 20-storey structures that overlook biscayne bay and the newly-developed regatta park — with views stretching to key biscayne, downtown, and miami beach. between them, the two towers contains 98 units and are topped with dual level penthouses. 

developed by real estate firm terra, the ‘grove at grand bay’ has been designed by bjarke ingels group in collaboration with nichols, brosch, wrust, wolfe + associates, with raymond jungles undertaking the project’s landscaping. both structures twist at a 38-degree angle, optimizing views from the 12-foot deep wraparound balconies. residences boast 12-foot high ceilings, with full-length glass sliding doors that open out onto spacious terraces. each accessible via a private elevator, the custom homes range in size from 2,500 square feet to 11,000 square feet. 

located at 2675 and 2669 south bayshore drive, outdoor spaces provide the focal point for the property’s common areas, while individual units feature expansive outside living areas including 12-foot-deep balconies. ‘by creating twisting towers that rise side-by-side but never cross paths, we were able to optimize views, outdoor spaces and the flexibility of our floor plans while allowing the buildings to interact with one another,’ explains architect bjarke ingels. 

on-site amenities include rooftop pools for residents of each tower, a five-star spa and fitness center, full-time concierge and butler service, a private dining room for residents and their guests, and a pet spa. the condominiums, (which are all sold out), range in size from 1,300 square-feet to a 10,000 square-foot full-floor penthouse with an additional 5,000 square-feet of outdoor space, including a rooftop terrace and private pool. those totaling more than 4,000 square-feet are accompanied by private 2-car garages, with the south tower penthouse accompanied by a private 4-car garage. 

miami-based designer raymond jungles has been responsible for the project’s landscaping. in his design, jungles uses hardscape elements created by ingels as the backdrop for nearly 500 trees, more than 15,000 plants, and numerous water features. the lushly-landscaped campus seeks to echo coconut grove’s natural setting. ‘my home is in coconut grove, so this project was personal to me and will be part of my daily experience,’ says jungles. meanwhile, the scheme is poised to become the first all-residential tower to achieve LEED gold status in florida. 

‘coconut grove is one of miami’s most storied neighborhoods and grove at grand bay represents another chapter in that story,’ says terra president david martin. ‘a sanctuary for artists, writers and unconventional thinkers, the grove has a long history of challenging the status quo — much the same way grove at grand bay is changing the way miami thinks about design. we planned and developed this building with the goal of adding value to our neighborhood, so we’re proud that coconut grove is enjoying a resurgence while remaining mindful of its colorful past.’ 

the scheme is part of miami’s coconut grove neighborhood, which also includes ‘one park grove’ — a luxury residential tower designed by OMA. see designboom’s previous coverage of ‘grove at grand bay’.

OMA's 'park grove' development takes shape in miami

November 15, 2017   |   Designboom

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new construction images highlight the progress being made in miami at the site of the OMA-designed ‘park grove’ development. neighboring bjarke ingels’ twisting ‘grove at grand bay’ towers, the project was unveiled in 2014, with new images of the scheme’s interiors revealed last year. the design distributes 1 million square feet of living across a series of distinct towers, which each offer sweeping views over biscayne bay. the complex boasts a host of amenities, including a rooftop pool deck, an outdoor amphitheater, and a 28-seat private screening room.

the design distributes 1 million square feet of living space across a series of distinct towers

park grove’s development team is a collaboration between terra and the related group, and marks the first occasion that the two firms are working together. the project’s architecture has been led by rem koolhaas and shohei shigematsu of OMA, while the interiors have been designed by meyer davis, with landscape architects enea responsible for two-acres of private gardens. meanwhile, an extensive amenities program has been curated by ‘lifestyle expert’ colin cowie. art pieces by jaume plensa and michele oka doner are also found on site.

the structures offer sweeping views over biscayne bay

‘sculptural perimeter columns bound each tower, directing views toward the bay and providing column-free living,’ explains OMA. ‘the spacing of these columns addresses privacy requirements between towers, while the orientation of columns mitigates solar exposure. the tapering column profile creates a destabilizing, mirage-like effect from afar, while maximizing their connection to the faceted glass façade on a construction detail level.’ with the towers’ lower levels beginning their initial fit out, the project is on track to open in 2018. see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.

the gently undulating façades reference the region’s natural landscape

an outdoor amphitheater will form one of the development’s amenities

construction work is well under way in the building’s lobby

the predominantly open-plan residences emply natural materials such as wood, glass, and stone

the towers’ external columns are shaped with an undulating profilea rendering illustrating the appearance of the completed scheme

image by bloom

the lobby will directly adjoin the outdoor amphitheater

one tower is crowned with a rooftop pool deck

landscape architecture firm enea is responsible for two-acres of private gardens

image by craft studio

‘park grove’ is on track to complete in 2018

image by hayes davidson