March 2, 2020
Renzo Piano completes Eighty Seven Park on Miami beachfront
By: by Bridget Cogley

Italian architect Renzo Piano has designed an oval-shaped condominium tower that is wrapped in terraces on the waterfront in Miami Beach, Florida.

Eighty Seven Park by the architect’s firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop is a beachfront building at the northernmost perimeter of Miami Beach in the North Beach district.

It is flanked by the Atlantic Ocean, as well as a 35-acre (14-hectare) public park to the south and a two-acre (0.8-hectare) garden to the north only for residents.

The project features an 18-storey oval construction elevated on white pillars.

It contains 68 units, ranging from approximately 1,400 to 7,000 square feet (130 to 650 square metres). Each has a terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows for expansive views of the nearby parks and the Atlantic Ocean.

“The language we wanted to use for Eighty Seven Park is the language of lightness, a sense of a lack of gravity,” said Piano.

“When I look at how the glass and suspended decks of the building appear to float, and how they catch the sun and the light of the ocean, it’s fantastic.”

“Craftsmanship is one of the essential qualities of architecture and we went back to this tradition to bring this building to life,” the Pritzker-prize winning architect added.

“The quality of architecture is about poetry and beauty but it’s also about detail and perfection.”

Paris studio Rena Dumas Architecture Interieure (RDAI) has designed the interiors for the residential building with references to the verdant landscape informing the design.

The decor ranges from bright, white spaces to moody, dimly lit areas. Furniture in grey and green colours are fused with golden accents and lush plantings. American oak floors were chosen to relate to the colour of aged sea grape leaves, while Miami’s white sandy beaches are referenced in Venetian terrazzo.

“Capitalising on the architectural vision of Renzo Piano Building Workshop, we wanted owners of this building to feel that they are one with nature from their first step inside,” said RDAI artistic director Denis Montel.

“The palette created for this project was inspired by the surrounding natural elements of North Beach.”

At the base of the tower are a lobby and outdoor swimming pool, with cabanas and access to a sandy beach.

A second swimming pool, a cafe and juice bar, a gym, wine bar and library are among other amenities. There is also a spa outfitted with a Hammam, sauna and steam rooms.

Dutch firm West 8 designed the landscape of Eighty Seven Park, including the resident’s private garden.

“We leveraged the site’s best attributes — its adjacency to the park and ocean, convenient access to the city, and unique coastal ecology—and brought them together harmoniously to create an urban Eden unlike any other in South Florida,” said West 8’s creative director Daniel Vasini.

Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), which Piano founded in 1981, has offices in Genoa and Paris.

First unveiled 2015, Eighty Seven Park will be the firm’s second residential project in the western hemisphere, following 565 Broome Soho, which it completed in New York City last year.

Its other US projects include New York’s Whitney Museum of Art and buildings for Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus in Harlem. It is also developing LA’s Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Designed for developers by Terra and Bizzi & Partners Development, Eighty Seven Park joins Miami’s lineup of buildings created by well-known architects. Zaha Hadid’s One Thousand Museum, OMA’s Park Grove,  Jade Signature by Herzog & de Meuron, and BIG’s towers in Coconut Grove are among the other projects.

Other buildings underway in the Florida city include Jean Nouvel’s Monad Terrace which began construction in 2017, while Foster + Partners’ has proposed the supertall The Towers.

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