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Italian architect Piero Lissoni creates his first architectural project in the U.S. in Miami Beach.
Italian architect Piero Lissoni’s first United States project will be The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Miami Beach. Lissoni, who combines simplicity with a modernist vision that distinguishes his work, is not only designing the exterior of the new 111 condominium residences and 15 single-family villas, but is also creating custom-designed interiors for the villas — two- to five-bedroom homes that range in size from 1,700 to over 10,000 square feet.
The Residences, located on the only lake in Miami Beach, at 4701 North Meridian Avenue — where lake, ocean, and waterway meet — are the last project of this magnitude that can be built in this part of the city. The Residences, which occupy the former home of the Miami Heart Institute, will be the Ritz-Carlton’s most groundbreaking contemporary design project.
“If you are a traveler and you land for the first time in Miami, the first feeling is the light — the light is absolutely special,” says Lissoni.
In line with the expectations of a Ritz-Carlton branded property will be a collection of premier, resort-style amenities, which include on-site private boat dockage and a captained VanDutch private day yacht for intracoastal and beach access, a spa treatment suite, steam room and sauna, plus outdoor yoga garden and fitness center. On-site, 24-hour, personalized concierge, valet, and pet salon suites are a few of the select services. When completed, it will be the only stand-alone Ritz-Carlton Residences in Miami Beach and one of a select few in the world.
The architect infused his design with the natural elements of Miami Beach. He describes the lobby: “When you move inside the lobby, the impression is the dimension of space. Then there is the connection of the space. And the third impression is the connection with gardens, water, the marina, and the outdoors. Everything is connected with a special poetic sense — the sense of space and the sense of light.”
Each home will be equipped with Piero Lissoni-designed Boffi kitchens, oversized stone countertops, Gaggenau appliances and built-in coffee systems, along with equally impressive Boffi master bathrooms, complete with Dornbracht fixtures.
“We designed the kitchens with a strong European feeling; we designed the bathrooms again with the same approach — light, colors, a quiet sophistication.”
While the overall design of The Residences is unique, its alignment with the Ritz-Carlton name creates yet another layer of excellence. Add to this the location of 126 exquisite properties surrounded by a neighborhood of upscale single-family homes on the shores of Surprise Lake, and the combination is beyond alluring.
Lissoni’s selection of Miami Beach for his first design project in the United States was entirely purposeful. “(Miami Beach) is exactly like a European or Italian town, but at the same time, it’s in a special cloud of tranquility, a cloud of security, a cloud of beauty,” he says. “But if you want to jump into the action, it’s nearby.”
The ultra-luxury residence development, which is being completed with award-winning Miami architecture firm ADD Inc., is a LEED-certified property. Every residence will be wired for smart-home technology, and many will include private elevator foyers, sprawling terraces, summer kitchens, and plunge pools.
“We combined together three different ingredients — Miami Beach, unique design, and incredible services. It’s simple, it’s elegant, it’s modern, and it’s designed for life,” says Lissoni.
Ophir Sternberg, CEO of Lionheart Capital, developers of the project, sums up the project in terms as succinct as Lissoni’s design: “Lissoni’s modern and artistic design will create a development that will change the Miami Beach skyline and how we look at luxury living.”
On an island called Manhattan, Thomas Juul-Hansen is the “it” designer right now. He was responsible for the interiors of the residences at One57, a 75-story skyscraper on West 57th Street, where one of the penthouses closed for $100.5 million, making it the most expensive apartment ever sold in New York City. And he created buzz in the architecture world with his High-Line-embracing condo building at 505 West 19th Street. The two-tower building is connected by a lobby underneath the High Line — New York’s public park built on a historic freight rail line, elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side.
Yet, Juul-Hansen is just as excited about a smaller project — his first project in the Magic City — which is giving him a chance to return to Miami. Born and raised in Copenhagen, he received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Miami. Most often, however, his architecture education is credited to the master’s degree he received from Harvard.
He makes no secret about his time spent in Miami and the fact that the historic and the “sort of nouveau architecture” here were an influence in his designs.
“I’m certainly familiar with the architecture of Miami, so this was very exciting for me to come down and do this project.”
The five-story, 19-unit boutique project, Three Hundred Collins, is located in the exclusive neighborhood, South of Fifth, and is slated for completion in 2017.
“This is a horizontal building,” explains Juul-Hansen from his office in New York’s East Village. “Creating a horizontal building is different than a vertical one in the sense that vertical buildings are typically one or two units per floor, and then you just repeat that going up. In a horizontal setting, we have the opportunity to do something totally different. The thought was that we would create completely unique apartments — not because they have different material palettes, but they have different layouts.” The architect says that the idea is about “individualizing the spaces so that the person next to you is not in the same apartment that you are in, and the guy above you is not in the same one that you are in. This is not about mass-produced repetition,” says Juul Hansen.
The residences, one- to four-bedroom units, range from 995 to over 3,700 square feet and are priced from $1.2 million to over $9 million. Each features custom-kitchens, designed by Juul-Hansen, that boast high-end Miele appliances, under-counter wine storage, and designer fixtures from Vola and Hansgrohe.
“Where there’s one designer handling the outside and someone else is doing the inside, very often it creates a sort of lack of synchronicity in terms of not only the visual aspect, but also overall of what the idea of the project is. Some architects will design a very uniquely shaped building, but when you are inside, it’s not very nice. With this, we were able to have complete design control to make sure that everything that happens on the outside is tied in to what happens on the inside — so it enhances the interior experience.”
Featured are white oak floors and stone finishes, balconies throughout, and floor-to-ceiling windows that give way to spacious terraces.
“The terraces have a generous depth — 10-feet deep. The idea is to make them an extension of the living room. There is certainly ample room for a dining table and a sofa and chairs, so that you can have outside living, which of course Miami has the weather for.”
Juul-Hansen is used to designing residential buildings for living, and he views Three Hundred Collins as a place that will be a primary residence for buyers. “That’s why these are designed in such a way that they are more than just a glorified hotel room.”
The vision is to create a modern, pure, and practical space that yields an elegant and redefined living environment. “Creating buildings is not about style anymore — it’s about quality of craft. Things that are built in a poor manner are not trying in any way, shape, or form to remain; buildings that are made with quality materials are created with the intent for it to say, ‘I don’t want to be torn down in 30 years.’ “
The 45-year-old father of two takes his work personally and imagines his buildings for the future. “I have two girls, so it’s important for me to show them what I do and not curl my toes,” he says.
Dina Goldentayer, co-director of sales for Three Hundred Collins, says the boutique building and its location in an elite enclave will allow for the mood to be “a sense of seclusion and intimacy, similar to a stand-alone home.”
Juul-Hansen uses the word “efficiency” when he talks about his Miami boutique project. He credits it to his growing up among Danish architecture and Danish design, which he says is “very much about trying to eliminate things that you don’t need to be there.” What is bothersome to him is wasted space. “We spend a great amount of time to see how efficient we can make plans. 2,000 square feet can be a very nice two bedroom, but it can be a very nice three bedroom if you don’t waste space. Prices are based on a cost per square foot; so every square foot that is wasted — that you don’t get something out of — is a complete waste of money from our standpoint.”
Since he started the Miami project — which is being developed by New York-based JMH development, while Charles H. Benson Associates serves as the local architect of record — another similar project has cropped up for him in Beverly Hills. “It is not dissimilar in terms of size and scale.” He’s also working on a project in London. “It’s interesting to spread out and see different environments and expand beyond this island of Manhattan.”
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— By Michelle F. Solomon
“A (Richard) Meier building is a sensuous experience before it is anything else,” New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberg said about the architect extraordinaire. Meier, a recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor — and who is known for designing the Getty Center in Los Angeles, among many other breathtaking buildings — brings his brilliance to Miami with his first area project, a luxury residential and hotel development that is unlike any other.
The Surf Club Four Seasons in Surfside will convey the sensuality Goldberger speaks of with its modernity, while preserving an iconic piece of Miami Beach’s past.
“In 1927, Harvey Firestone was on a yacht and saw this amazing property and thought that it would be an extraordinary place to have a retreat,” says Meier. “The Surf Club and this beautiful beach have always been a kind of nirvana. The challenge was to integrate an amazing building from the 1930s into new, human-scale, contemporary buildings.”
The development, which boasts 965 feet of Atlantic Ocean frontage on a nine-acre site, keeps the Russell Pancoast-designed Mediterranean villa — replete with ballrooms, bathing cabanas, and the legendary Peacock Alley loggia — intact. The private beach club is steeped in Miami Beach lore with stories of its glamorous and famous guests — legends such as Frank Sinatra, Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Elizabeth Taylor, and General Douglas MacArthur.
Perhaps the club’s most famous guest was Sir Winston Churchill, who visited in 1946 to paint panoramic seascapes from the balcony of one of the famed horseshoe-shaped row of beach cabanas. “Churchill used to pass his time here painting seascapes — watercolors — in a cabana with a glass of Scotch by his side,” says Meier. The new Churchill’s Bar will honor The Surf Club’s celebrated guest.
The historic club will serve as an architectural foundation for The Surf Club Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences. “When I learned of The Surf Club’s storied past and exuberant traditions, it was clear we had a unique opportunity to respect and preserve the legacy of the club, while contributing new elements that would make the experience of living here absolutely unparalleled,” says Nadim Ashi, founder and CEO of Miami-based Fort Capital Management, who is the developer of The Surf Club Four Seasons.
With 51 unique floor plans, the residences are comprised of 150 homes, including 12 penthouses. Ranging in size from 1,400 to almost 8,000 square feet, with floor-to-ceiling glass “walls” and up to 20-foot high ceilings, the residences also feature spacious terraces that range up to 18-feet in depth.
“This location is such that you want to be able to step out from your residence onto the terrace, and you don’t just want a little balcony; you want to sit down and you want to have lunch. You want the terrace to be useful,” says Meier.
One of Meier’s best works is the Douglas House, which was completed in 1973 for clients Jim and Jean Douglas and hovers over the shores of Lake Michigan. His Smith House, set on the craggy coast of Long Island Sound in Darien, Conn., is known for being a “Modernist lighthouse of transparent geometry.”
Meier says his Residences at The Surf Club are, in many ways, related to those early houses — “…where there’s a two-story living space, where there’s a great deal of transparency, where there’s an openness. In some units, there is a courtyard that opens down into the unit so light comes through from the roof into the interior spaces of the living room, and you get a sense of light there.”
Crowning the north and south towers are the limited edition penthouses — simplex, duplex, and triplex — which range in size from 5,400 to 7,500 interior square feet and include vast amounts of private outdoor entertaining and recreational areas. Completely open to the sky, these luscious spaces include rooftop gardens, private swimming pools, outdoor living and dining rooms, summer kitchens, and multilevel outdoor courtyards. All of Richard Meier Signature Penthouses include designated private beachfront cabanas and air-conditioned private parking garages.
“The Surf Club during its heyday was a magnet for people who came from all over the world to be part of this lavish lifestyle. It was, and will be again, the place to be, “ says the architect.
Meier’s put the true stamp of approval on The Surf Club Residences by taking up residence inside his own design. “I’ve worked so hard on this project over the years and I thought to myself, ‘You know, I should live here as well,’ and so I’ve taken an apartment in the building, which I’m thrilled about.”
The architect says he’s looking forward to spending time in Miami, where he’ll “paint and draw and look out over the water and enjoy the specialness of this place.”
Argentine hotelier and real estate developer Alan Faena, founder and president of the Faena Group, has developed properties in Miami Beach and Buenos Aires. He was a fashion designer for over 10 years before beginning a career in real estate development in 2000, partnering with Len Blavatnik, Philippe Stark, and Foster +Partners to redevelop abandoned docklands in the Puerto Madero neighborhood of Buenos Aires. The Faena District, estimated to be a $200-million development, is considered the most valuable real estate in Buenos Aires.
Faena is now expanding his brand to Miami Beach, going for the highest end of the market with an estimated $1-billion project, the Faena District Miami Beach.
“I’m working on one of the best projects in all of the Americas,” Faena recently told Forbes Magazine. Located in the heart of Miami Beach, the Faena District will extend from 32nd to 36th Streets, between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Creek. The new mixed-use neighborhood will feature a hotel and residences, plus public, restaurant, and retail environments.
“We are creating a neighborhood here, a five-block district that will include the best residential buildings — a theatre, a cultural center, and a parking garage.” Faena believes that this project will be different from others in Miami because this is the “first time that something so spectacular comes from the south” — noting that Miami is South America’s “door to the north.”
Creating a neighborhood that he conceived as a dynamic expression of culture, art, design, nature, technology, and service, Faena envisions himself as much more than a developer: “We don’t just develop this, we also deliver product, service — we operate, and so we give this project soul,” he said in an interview with Forbes.
The Faena Hotel Miami Beach marks the first opening in the Faena District. Faena is debuting the hotel, formerly the historic Saxony, in September 2015. In the original heyday of Miami Beach, the Saxony — built in 1948 — was one of the first luxury hotels. It was famous for its luxurious rooms, restaurants, and exceptional views, and was considered to be the most expensive and lavish resort of the time. The crème de la crème flocked to the site. Hollywood icons like Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and Dean Martin entertained the well-heeled crowds there.
The vision of the contemporary Faena Hotel Miami Beach is to harken to those glamorous, luxurious days of Hollywood. Faena has engaged two giants in the film industry — film and theater director/producer Baz Luhrmann and costume designer Catherine Martin — to bring to life his vision of rebirth for the historic hotel.
Luhrmann and Martin are imparting their distinctive aesthetic on the design of all the hotel’s interiors and public spaces. Luhrmann has cited Italian grand opera as a major influence on his work and has also given a nod to other theatrical styles, such as Bollywood films, as having had an impact on his style. He’s won numerous awards for his lavish films, Moulin Rouge! and Great Gatsby, among many others. Martin and Luhrmann have worked together in Hollywood — in 2002, Moulin Rouge! was nominated for eight Oscars, including “Best Picture,” and won two for “Best Art Direction” and “Best Costume Design,” both by Catherine Martin. The Great Gatsby won “Best Production Design” and “Best Costume Design” by Catherine Martin, making her the most-awarded Australian in Oscar history.
With such a luxurious provenance and talented designers imparting their lavish imprint, the Faena Hotel Miami Beach will feature 169 luxurious rooms and suites, plus 13 extraordinary penthouse residences, with expansive views spanning the top two floors of the property.
A 3,000-square-foot theater, inspired by the world’s great opera houses — and no doubt, Luhrmann’s love of same — will present live cabaret shows for guests, as well as the public. The property’s 15,000-square-foot Tierra Santa Spa will introduce Miami to the first South American-inspired spa. Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann will be the celebrated chef’s first restaurant in the U.S., offering an authentic fire-inspired cuisine, complete with asados — South American outdoor barbecues.
In addition to the hotel, the new district will also include Faena Forum, Faena House, and Faena Versailles. Miami’s Faena Forum, as does the Faena Arts Center (FAC) in Buenos Aires, will host events and cultural programming with a Latin American influence in the arts, urbanism, politics, science, and technology.
Designed by Rem Koolhaas, the 50,000-square-foot building will feature a multi-level structure — combining an elevated, cylindrically-shaped area with a “cuboid” block to the rear — and will have two main spaces, stacked vertically.
Meanwhile, occupancy begins this summer in Faena House, an 18-story luxury condominium designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Foster + Partners, located at 3315 Collins Ave. The penthouse at the Faena House reportedly sold for a record $60 million, $10 million above the asking price. The buyer? Not known yet, but Wall Streeters Lloyd Blankfein and Leon Black, plus famed gallerist Larry Gagosian, have allegedly purchased in the building.
Fans of the Art Deco period will appreciate Faena Versailles, designed by William Sofield, comprising 22 luxury residences in the historic Deco Versailles Tower — formerly the Hotel Versailles. Sales for this exclusive tower begin in early 2016. A separate, newly constructed contemporary Versailles Tower, designed by Brandon Haw, will follow later in 2016.
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— By Irene Moore
Oceana Bal Harbour residents will have the unique distinction of having a sculpture in their midst that premiered at the Whitney Museum of Art and traveled to the Pompidou in Paris and the Guggenheim in Bilbao — before it made its permanent home at Oceana.
Conceived by Argentine developer, art collector, and museum founder Eduardo Costantini, an important part of the Oceana’s aesthetic is its superlative sculptures. Costantini has amassed one of the largest and most valuable collections of modern and contemporary Latin American art in the world.
“If a masterpiece appears, I buy because of the piece itself. The piece commands the decision,” says Costantini. He established a foundation and assembled the vast majority of these works into his personal museum, the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), inaugurated in 2001 — one of the most significant art institutions in the Argentine capital.
Oceana Bal Harbour joins the exclusive company of world-famous museums and galleries by becoming the permanent home of Jeff Koons’ “Pluto and Proserpina,” sculpted of mirror-polished, high-chromium stainless steel with a transparent color coating, which is sure to be a captivating sight in the main breezeway with its appearance of liquid gold. “Oceana Bal Harbour is a fantastic example of how art can function — to be able to design architecture that gives an emotional home for art, where its really part of the essence of the location. ‘Pluto & Proserpina’ — it’s really a symbol of the seasons, the changing of life, and the passions of life, the energy of life,” says Koons. “Ballerina,” also created by Koons in high-chromium stainless steel, is displayed near the reflecting pool, literally reflecting the exquisite taste of Oceana’s developer. “Both of these works function really emotionally — the opportunity, the chance of transcendence that we have in our lives…to exploit the freedom that we have,” Koons muses.
Says Costantini: “Everything converges into a unique proposal.”
Oceana Bal Harbour’s classically proportioned, 280-story glass structure is rising on the last oceanfront site in the elite enclave of Bal Harbour. The 240-unit tower features 5.53 acres of land with 400 feet of pristine beaches.
With homes priced from $3 to $30 million, the Bal Harbour development is a collaboration of a star team, including design by renowned architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica, modern interiors by acclaimed Italian designer Piero Lissoni, and artful landscaping by Enzo Enea. “They are citizens of the world,” Costantini says of those involved in creating the project.
Called a “guru” on the cover of Forbes in Argentina because of his predilection for predicting art and financial trends, Oceana Bal Harbour is one of the most important projects in Costantini’s career — a well-thought-out master plan. “As a developer, I visualize two kinds of spaces — the physical and the creative,” says Costantini. “It is through this two-sided perception that projects are born. And it is because of this thinking that Oceana Bal Harbour is destined to become a unique habitat. As a result of a comprehensive approach that integrates urbanism, landscape, architecture, interior design, art and amenities, and the resulting synergies, Oceana Bal Harbour has been created to be truly exceptional and nearly impossible to replicate.”
Costantini’s concept of the building’s beauty, significant artistic masterpieces, unit layouts, high-quality detailing, and landscape aesthetics offers a life graced by art and beautiful surroundings. “Oceana Bal Harbour has been curated to be both museum to important pieces and a property where residents may create their own luxurious experience,” he says.
Much of what makes Oceana so special is its location on prime real estate in Bal Harbour, on the former site of the Bal Harbour Beach Club. “I have an inclination for the water. I love the space of it. What drives me is the quality of the site,” Costantini says.
“We bought two of the best oceanfront properties in Miami,” according to Marcos Corti Maderna, chief executive of Consultatio North America. “We paid prime prices for prime product. We believe in the market and the product that we can develop.”
Providing a spectacular quotidian perspective from sunrise to sunset, the view changes with reflections of the sun and ocean and the soft pastels of early evening, Complete flow-through layouts and floor-to-ceiling views ensure that residents never miss a moment of the beauty surrounding them. Large terraces act as outdoor living rooms, inspiring social gatherings and evenings at home. Other residential amenities include gourmet exhibition kitchens, spa-like bathrooms, herringbone hardwood flooring, and lofty 10-foot ceilings.
Oceana Bal Harbour also offers resort-style benefits such as: a 24-hour concierge service and upscale poolside restaurant, a world-class spa, valet parking, private cabanas, a relaxation pool and Olympic-style lap pool, a kid’s activity room, a cinema, underground parking, and more.
Residents will indulge in the full luxury of the chic Bal Harbour lifestyle. Bal Harbour Shops are less than a mile away, offering an array of high-fashion shops such as Chanel, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, and Brioni.
Costantini says, “This entire creative process is driven by a desire to provide fullness and enjoyment for all who encounter Oceana Bal Harbour, and it is our hope (residents) will take pleasure in this special destination for many years to come.”
For sales inquires, contact Silvio Sulichin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 (305) 934-9742.
— By Irene Moore