Buzzworthy Miami Buildings

September 8, 2015   |   Architectural Digest

Grove at Grand Bay

A pair of twisting 20-story towers by Bjarke Ingels make up the 98-unit Grove at Grand Bay condominium project, set to be completed by Miami developer Terra Group by the end of the year. Located in Coconut Grove, the buildings will feature 12-foot ceilings and panoramic views of the nearby marina. Amenities include five pools (including two on the rooftop_, a pet spa service, a fitness center, and an art gallery.


Park Grove

For his firm’s first residential project in the U.S., renowned architect Rem Koolhaas of OMA devised this Coconut grove complex with his partner Shohei Shigematsu. The 5.2-acre parcel comprises three 20-story luxury towers and will also host a 3,500-square-foot eatery by Miami restaurateur Michael Schwartz and a sculpture park by Enea Landscape Architecture.

Flamboyant Waters

September 1, 2015   |   Architectural Digest

Ever wonder what is atop the glamorous buildings recreating the Miami skyline? Luckily, most of them feature jaw-dropping swimming pools with sweeping vistas that allow residents to feel they’re enjoying the water on top of the world.

Around every corner it seems there’s an opportunity for a dip. Yves Behar’s first serious foray into architecture has resulted in Centro’s 37th Floor rooftop pool being surrounded by inspired tepee lounges and lush living green walls. REM Koolhaas has utilized balance, minimalism and vision to create a space where the focus is as much on the unparalleled view as it is on the stunning pool. Bjarke Ingels topped the spiraling glass towers of Grove At Grand Bay with twin infinity pools, and over at Biscayne Beach, Thom Filicia is crafting their first private members-only elevated manmade “city beach” on the bay. Additionally, the two-story penthouses will feature eye-catching private rooftop pools with entertainment and relaxation areas. Atop Brickell House, Yabu Pushelberg’s 46th Floor rooftop pool continues his vision of refined cosmopolitan living with an expansive sundeck showcasing ocean vistas and bay views. Another standout is Luis Revuelta’s Brickell Flatiron rooftop that resembles a lavish cruise ship.

Ondulación ICÓNICA

May 6, 2017   |   Architectural Digest



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Desde hace décadas, la comunidad de Coconut Grove, en Miami, ha sido un santuario para artistas, escritores y librepensadores, por lo que esta zona siempre ha tenido un carácter irresistiblemente pintoresco y poco convencional. A pesar de que esta ciudad ha vivido un boom de desarrollos residenciales, en Coconut Grove no se había construido un conjunto de torres habitacionales en más de 10 años. Por ello, Grove at Grand Bay, el proyecto del arquitecto danés Bjarke Ingels junto con la firma Terra Group, resulta tan interesante. No sólo se trata de un desarrollo novedoso, sino que captura la esencia de este vecindario en cada detalle de las dos torres onduladas del conjunto.

“Con la creación de torres onduladas que se alzan una junto a la otra, pero nunca se intersectan, pudimos optimizar las vistas, los espacios al aire libre y la flexibilidad de nuestras estructuras de planta, permitiendo que los edificios interactuaran entre sí”, comentó Bjarke Ingels, director del estudio BIG. Además de la construcción, uno de los elementos de más impacto visual es, sin duda, la jardinería realizada por Raymond Jungles. Su diseño permite la existencia de una vegetación exuberante que incluye cerca de 500 árboles, más de 15 mil plantas, fuentes y estanques, logrando así el nacimiento de un verdadero oasis en el corazón creativo de Miami.

Renzo Piano's Eighty Seven Park Gets an Artful Addition from Ruben and Isabel Toledo

July 12, 2017   |   Architectural Digest


What's Miami without a bit of Cuban flair? The Florida city's rich Cuban influences are manifesting in an unexpected new collaboration between Renzo Piano'sEighty Seven Park residences and Cuban-American artist-and-designer couple Ruben and Isabel Toledo. In a partnership conceived by David Martin, president of Terra, the project's developer, the Toledos will create all branding and marketing materials for the full-service residences, from signage to staff uniforms.

"One of the biggest dilemmas for us in real estate is how do we create a lifestyle in a way that’s not contrived," muses Martin. "So we really view illustrations as art and something that sets an example and lets people connect with the product. At the end of the day, a home is the most important assets people buy, and they take pride in it, so we want to ensure each owner that every aspect is well thought out."

In defining a lifestyle for Eighty Seven Park, Martin thought it only natural to turn to the Toledos, longtime friends of his whom he had commissioned in the past to work on other properties. "The Toledos did the Miami City Ballet costumes for their production of The Nutcracker, and they have a great connection to the city, so it felt like the right fit."

Martin sees such a holistic approach to branding as a direction in which developers should be moving. "Design isn’t just the architecture; it’s all-encompassing," he says. "The more we can introduce collaborations and commissions, that elevates the brand and creates an emotional connection to the building."

The Toledo's artistic interpretation of this connection reference everything from the property's unique surroundings to the culture of Miami. "When we commissioned Renzo, he said he wanted people to feel like they were living inside a park," explains Martin. "So we have the beach to the south, and we created little two-acre parks to the north of the residences. This nature component is something that’s not typical. You're either in the park or on the beach, but you don’t usually get both. A lot of these illustrations reference that."

So far, Terra has released Ruben's illustrations; Isabel's uniform designs will be unveiled closer to the project's fall 2018 opening date. And we can expect to see more from the Toledos in future Terra buildings, too: Martin says he plans to try to incorporate them in every project going forward, favoring their analog creations to more sterile renderings. "Their art just kind of helps ground us more in this digital age, more so than this high-tech imagery that we’ve grown accustomed to."