Bouquets of flowers, cards, and a ring of candles mourning the death of architect Zaha Hadid appeared today along the construction fencing of One Thousand Museum, her Miami skyscraper.
Rafael Moneo, with 50 years of international architectural acclaim and a Pritzker under his belt, is designing the planned Apeiron at the Jockey Club. The architect and developers Apeiron Holdings are hoping to bring some of the Jockey Club’s old groove back by building Apeiron on the site of the Club’s long-gone nightclub, said representatives of the project.
Elysee, a luxury condominium tower coming to Edgewater that has the unusual characteristic of being wider at the top than the bottom, has officially begun converting its reservations to contracts, according to a representative. Crews are also preparing to demolish an existing building on the site to make way for the 57 story waterfront condominium tower.
Some of Miami’s biggest new condo towers are being planned with well-heeled, worldly families in mind, with larger units, more amenities for the kids, and ‘service suits’ to stash the live-in nanny. A few incorporate a theme park’s worth of diversions (think of the soccer field, boxing ring, and jam studio at Paramount Miami Worldcenter or the mini water park, indoor/outdoor playrooms, kid’s gymnasium, and rooftop theater of 1010 Brickell, both under construction) while developers of other buildings are focusing on really tricked-out and designed-up playrooms.
The 2008-2011 market crash that left construction cranes dangling above Miami’s unfinished towers and unbuilt outer-suburban communities more-or-less came to a halt in 2010, marking the beginning of a recovery. Unlike that earlier condo boom when increased developments and prices in the outer banlieues mirrored the inner urban core (places like Downtown, Brickell, Edgewater, Coconut Grove, and South Beach) much more closely, suggesting that buyers previously wanted to live out there as much as in here, the core quickly took off and the suburbs did not.
Students from the University of Miami School of Architecture have created concept designs for the Biscayne Line, the stretch of bay walk planned to boarder Edgewater. The Related Group, which is developing the Paraiso district, and the recently completed Icon Bay, both in Edgewater, sponsored the design studio at UM last fall.
The formerly-neglected Miami River has seen incredible action in the last two real estate cycles, with literally billions of dollars trading hands and thousands of new units coming to market in buildings like One Miami, Flagler on the River, and Icon Brickell. Since the year 2000, the lower river (the section between Spring Garden and Biscayne Bay), including properties up to a single block inland, has seen $7.3 billion in recorded sales, with almost all of it ($7.08 billion to be exact) concentrated in the blocks between Biscayne Bay and I-95. In 2010, the most lucrative year in the river’s history, $1.089 billion in sales were made.
The Miami Women’s Club is a petite golden yellow tower at the south end of Margaret Pace Park, standing watch over Biscayne Bay. This Mediterranean Revival structure was designed by August Geiger, one of the great Med Revival architects of Miami’s early years, and opened in 1926. Recently, urban explorer Bullet of abandonedfl.com went inside to photograph the club’s magnificent old ballroom. awaiting its restoration.
A developer has proposed a pair of slender 43-story apartment towers for a compact lot on Flagler Street currently used for surface parking, reports The Next Miami.
Construction of the majority of City Place Doral, the mixed-use retail and residential development being jointly built by the Related and Shoma Groups, has topped off according to the developers, and is on schedule for completion by the fourth quarter of this year. This encompasses the Flats at City Place Doral, a pair of long apartment blocks lining Main Street City Place, as well as 600,000 square feet of restaurants and retail, or enough to fill three Cocowalks.