27,000 SF Multi Family


Miami Beach, Florida, USA

The form, siting, and distribution of spaces for this urban dwelling complex are derived from a logical analysis of its physical and intangible context. Manipulated to obtain the ultimate sell-out price potential-a complex array of interlocking, volumes maximizes light, air, and stringent FAR restrictions, Centrally located on the nondescript site-the edifice acknowledges the vernacular of the passing cruise ships with subtle abstractions of the surrounding Art Deco Style.

The material palette is simple and sincere, white stucco, an aluminum glazing system, perforated aluminum panels, and shell stone details-connect the building to the local fabric’s traditions and techniques. Individual 2-story units are expressed as dynamically jutting volumes from the elongated hexagonal plan. Tremendous terraces-some enclosed by aluminum screens, cantilever from the main structure-creating large outdoor rooms. Passing through as sculpted entry gate, a covered walk, flanked by a flower enhanced pond, serves as the main passage to the building. A rooftop pool, framed by the building’s integral structure, is the primary public space of the complex. Aligned with the sun’s path, the building addresses the bay and downtown to the East as well as the beach and ocean to the West with two over-scaled windows, measuring 35’x 50′ in size. The surreal manipulations of scale alter the reading of the structure as a typical condominium building type.

Principal in charge: Chad Oppenheim
Project Manager: Juan Calvo
Project Contributors: Leslie Abraham, Joe White, Rodrigo Londoño, Carlos Ramirez, Daniel Romero, Ken Sharon

Renderers: Laziz Hamani, Ken Hayden

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