American dream: tour our pick of Miami's ongoing projects

July 27, 2015   |   Wallpaper

The impressive boutique beachfront condo Eighty Seven Park is the result of collaboration between internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano, West 8's planners and landscape designers and interior designers RDA1. Set on white sand and surrounded by a 35-acre public park, it provides a moment of peace and quiet among the bustle of Miami Beach. Currently under construction, it will be open to the public in 2017.

In our last Miami survey we unveiled a booming city, effortlessly combining brand new world-class architecture with art and culture, attracting starchitects from all over the world, as well as many prominent local architects. Since then, Miami has only been going from strength to strength with key projects reaching completion but several more taking their place in the Florida city's construction roaster.

The Perez Art Museum by Herzog and de Meuron was not the only prestigious new addition in town. Rene Gonzalez's shimmering Glass residences received their finishing touches this month, while Sou Fujimoto's Palm Court retail complex opened earlier this year at the Miami Design District. MDD has now entered its Phase III and the construction of twenty new buildings, slated for completion by August 2016. Meanwhile, the Faena District has been fast progressing with the Faena Hotel Miami Beach gearing up for inauguration later this year and Faena Forum by OMA swiftly following suite in early 2016.

Even more architecture schemes are still underway, including not only seaside condos - a Miami staple - but also many cultural and commercial ventures. Grimshaw Architects' Museum of Science is currently in construction, with the estimated completion date set for the summer of 2016. Similarly, Fernando Romero's Latin American Art Museum design is being built in Downtown Miami, on track for a 2017 completion.

Renzo Piano, Herzog and de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, BIG and OMA are all involved in different residential projects around town - not to mention the new offerings by prominent local architects, such as Gonzalez and Arquitectonica. Take a tour of our pick of the city's most highly anticipated current projects, set to change the shape of Miami's skyline.

Roots radical: explore the interiors of the Renzo Piano-designed Eighty Seven Park

May 8, 2017   |   Wallpaper



Just when you think there can’t possibly be any prime ocean front real estate left in Miami, along comes Terra’s newly minted Eighty Seven Park. Bookended by a 35 acre public park to the south and a private park to the north, the swanky luxury condominium is the work of Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

Comprising 16 levels of glass and steel plates and suspended decks, the building is a three-dimensional polygon that floats over the native greenery and Rotterdam-based landscape studio West 8’s layers of trumpet and oak trees, glass fencing, and palms, as if it’s about to launch out over the surrounding grass-topped dunes and sea grape bushes into the Atlantic Ocean. As Piano puts it, ‘What we’re expressing is that this building belongs to nature. The first time I visited the site, I sat on the sand, looking at the ocean, and you’re right in the middle of it. There’s nothing beyond. Just the ocean, the infinity of the sea.’

This permeability and ineffable sense of a lack of gravity is cannily reflected in RDAI’s interior design work on the building’s public spaces and 70 residences, which extends to customizing the bathrooms’ tapware and vanity basins, and the kitchen cabinetry. 

The palette for the project, says its artistic director Denis Montel, ‘was inspired by the surrounding natural elements of North Beach. We wanted residents to feel that they were one with nature from their first step inside.’

Specifically, the interiors’ mood board was built around items collected around the site – pebbles, shells, leaves, drift wood, sea grass. The decorative syllogism is subtle, but effective: The light oak flooring matches the colour of aged sea grape leaves, and Venetian terrazzo floors echo Miami’s white sand beaches, while Florida’s cobalt-blue sky is pulled in through wide terraces, and floor to ceiling glass windows whose frames are literally sunk into the floor and ceiling to erase any sense of interior and exterior.

As RDAI’s design director Julia Capp says, ‘All the apartments were designed so that the moment you arrive inside, you are connected to the view of the ocean and Miami.’