When the developer, Terra Group acquired the 5.4-acre site to develop Park Grove in 2013, they sponsored a design competition among many high-profile architects. The finalists included Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) by Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Christian de Portzamparc and Diller Scofidio & Renfro. The winning proposal by OMA was for six organically shaped towers inspired by a literal “grove” of trees.
In Park Grove, OMA saw an opportunity to create not merely a residential development, but a work of intense intellectual rigor that would be a clear departure from almost all other properties taking shape throughout the city. After careful study of the neighborhood and local geography the final three-tower design celebrates the natural setting with sophisticated ambiance. Although these structures are undeniably modern, their flowing facades seem to grow upwards from the earth. In addition to a pleasing aesthetic, the buildings’ shapes also offer unique perspectives and panoramic views of the landscape and waterfront from the ground floor all the way to the penthouses. Acclaimed international landscape designer, Enzo Enea, then sculpted the five-acre site to further reflect Coconut Grove’s bohemian, tropical character with lush trees and plantings and sculpture-filled gardens overlooking Biscayne Bay.