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Choeff Levy Fischman Selected as Top Coastal Architects 2019 for 4th Year in a Row

We’re excited to announce that one of our clients, award-winning architects Choeff Levy Fischman, have been selected as one of Ocean Home Magazine’s Top 50 Coastal Architects. The 2019 list marks the fourth consecutive year the firm has been included among other top coastal architects from around the country. Well-known for their Tropical Modern designs throughout South Florida, this year the firm is working on oceanfront residences in Turks & Caicos and Panama City.

As stated in Ocean Home, “every ocean home is special, and so are our Top 50 Coastal Architects.” The annual list compiles 50 who judges believe possess the unique skills, experience, and sensibilities required to design and build magnificent custom homes close to one of the most beautiful (and unforgiving) forces of nature on Earth—the ocean.

Leading Tropical Modern architects Choeff Levy Fischman have continuously created stunning modern and contemporary homes throughout Miami, Miami Beach, Bal Harbour, Golden Beach, and Fort Lauderdale.

One of the firm’s most recently completed projects is located on Palm Island in Miami Beach. This new opulent residence leaves you in awe the moment you step onto its lavish motor court. The two-story home, designed in the architect’s famed Tropical Modern architectural style, provides large living spaces in an open-concept format. It includes floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open up to the rear deck, blending the indoors with the outdoors. A focal point of the home’s interior is a stunning 460 square foot open-air atrium with floating steps that take you across a shallow pool of water. Additional soul-soothing reflecting ponds and cascading water features are spread throughout the property on all four sides of the residence to emphasize its waterfront location.

To view the full list of top coastal architects, visit OceanHome.

BBA and Saladino Design Studios, AIA Miami 2019 Design Awards Winners

The AIA Miami 2019 Design Awards took place at the Historic Hampton House on Friday, October 4th. Two of our clients, Berenblum Busch Architects and Saladino Design Studios, were awarded for their work.

Berenblum Busch Architects won the Architecture Greater Than 50,000 square feet award for their design of the Tenerife Cruise Terminal in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. BBA adaptively reused two large existing steel warehouses located on-site and strategically added new buildings by using Cross Laminated Timber Technology. Approximately 17,000 square feet of certified wood was used, making it the largest wood building erected to date in Spain. The building achieved the maximum European Union Energy Label. The state-of-the-art terminal was designed to receive mega vessels transporting up to 5,000 passengers and serving as home-port or port-of-call.

Saladino Design Studios won a Divine Detail award for their design of SuViche Doral. The 3,800 square-foot SuViche restaurant in Miami’s popular CityPlace Doral. The design of the award-winning Peruvian-influenced Japanese restaurant concept was inspired by the vibrant colors of traditional Peruvian materials and fabrics blended with Miami’s tropical environment. The whimsical interiors boast vibrant Peruvian colors, playful swinging chairs, macramé rope art mural, Pisco bar and “Let’s Get Saucy” floral and moss graffiti wall.

Stantec Featured in INDULGE Design & Real Estate Issue 2019

Stantec’s Andrew Burnett, Raed Alawadhi, and Aida Sanchez-Gomez were featured in INDULGE’s 2019 Design and Real Estate Issue. They shared their experience, expertise, and insights in the architecture and design industry.

Andrew Burnett, Senior Principal, says Solitair Brickell is a project that stands out as an example of the firm’s work. The building’s unique façade inspired by the Medjool palm tree stands out from other high-rises in the Brickell area. He adds that architecture is transcendent, and it contributes to our collective sense of place connecting us to each other and our environmental ecology. 

When it comes to design, Raed Alawadhi, Senior Interior Designer, is influenced by his travels, especially Europe, because of their way of intervening a modern addition into an old building. Interior design trends he’s currently seeing include golds and rose golds and clients are very drawn to it, he adds.

According to Aida Sanchez-Gomez, Senior Architect, the Bacardi building has made an impact on her design style because it captures the essence of Miami and its people with its fused art and architecture. When it comes to her approach to architecture, she states that she is more concerned with how a project’s design crafts an experience for its occupants. She looks for the story that drives the design, and sometimes it stems from the natural environment or history of the site.

Read more on INDULGE.

Saladino Design Studios Selected to Design the Interiors for New Ten30 Residential

Saladino Design Studios has been selected to provide the interior design of Ten30, a new 70,354 square foot condominium development by Shoma Group. The four-story, 43-unit project, which recently broke ground, is located at 1030 15th Street in the heart of South Beach.

Saladino Design Studios is creating a unique residential experience that combines Mid-Century Palm Springs, industrial New York City, and tropical Miami. The firm is designing all the common areas, including the lobby, lounge, outdoor spaces, unit corridors, and rooftop deck.

The lobby interiors will boast colorful, eclectic, Mid-Century stylish furniture and artwork set against the more industrial brick walls and custom wood ceiling paneling. The 6,000 square-foot rooftop deck will feature a rosé-colored pool with teak wood pergola and an outdoor yoga area surrounded by cacti and lush greenery. A quaint lounge next to the pool is surrounded by windows with minimalist furnishings and concrete panels.

The residential development is scheduled for completion in late 2020.

Choeff Levy Fischman Selected for Designer of the Year Awards and are Winners of International Property Awards

Each year, HGTV goes on the hunt for its Designer of the Year. This year, our client Choeff Levy Fischman was selected as a finalist for the national competition’s Dramatic Before + After category – the only Miami firm selected in 2019. The chosen project was a former Mediterranean-style residence built in 2002 which the architects transformed into a more modern resort-style living Miami Beach home.

The award-wining architects conducted extensive renovations to the interiors to modernize the outdated layout and architecture. They also completely transformed the home’s backyard area by redesigning the swimming pool, deck, guest house, and outdoor cabana.

To vote for Choeff Levy Fischman, check out  HGTV.com and vote for ‘Updated Mediterranean Villa in Miami’.

It’s been an exciting month couple of weeks for the firm as another one of their stunning designs was also selected as a winner in the Architecture Single Family category by the International Property Awards. Choeff Levy Fischman’s design of a Palm Island residence in collaboration with their client Aquablue Group will be recognized at the October awards ceremony in Toronto.

The home features the architects’ signature Tropical Modern architectural style with an emphasis on indoor-outdoor living and several water features along with wide open interior and exterior spaces that seamlessly blend the interior and exterior environments.

Congratulations!

Stantec’s LA CLARA Featured in Ocean Home

Global design and engineering firm, Stantec, recently celebrated the groundbreaking of LA CLARA, a luxury twenty-five story residential building by internationally award-wining developer Great Gulf. The waterfront development is located at 1515 South Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, Florida.

LA CLARA provides a new twist on Floridian Modernism with expansive terraces, luxury finishes, and unobstructed views. It includes 83 residences comprised of one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging from 1,500 to more than 4,000 square feet.

“The goal of LA CLARA’s design is to maximize the views towards the Intracoastal and the Atlantic Ocean from every angle of the building,” said Jennifer Llop-Noy, project manager in Stantec’s Miami office. “We’ve accomplished this by staggering the floorplans, implementing a floor-to-ceiling glass envelope and creating exterior living areas for each unit.”

Check out the feature Ocean Home.

Berenblum Busch Architects Designs New Fro-Yo Store Concept in Wynwood

Miami-based architecture and interior design firm, Berenblum Busch Architects, has reimagined a former warehouse in Wynwood into the future frozen yogurt shop, g.l.o.w. The first U.S. location, all proceeds from the store will benefit the girl empowerment nonprofit, Global G.L.O.W. (Girls Leading Our World.)

BBA’s design captures the power of femininity and celebrates young girls and the story of the nonprofit.

Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood is set to welcome new F&B concept g.l.ow., a frozen yogurt shop launched by female empowerment nonprofit Girls Leading Our World (G.L.O.W.). All proceeds from the store will benefit the nonprofit.

Local firm Berenblum Busch Architects conceived the design through a feminine lens. Beyond the façade mural by local artist Tatiana Suarez, the contemporary, minimalist setting will be adorned with coral, pink, and peach hues.

The 200-square-foot space embraces its industrial origins with exposed ceilings and concrete flooring. A large gallery wall will showcase photography the Global G.L.O.W. community. Planters and a polka dot-patterned canopy will be installed as well.

Read the full story on Hospitality Design.

Architect Wesley Kean of KoDA, Shares His Big Idea That Might Change The World With Authority Magazine

Big ideas are hard to come by, especially ones that have the potential to change the world.

KoDA architects and designers are experts in connecting architecture with nature and finding radical solutions to sea-level rise and other environmental concerns. KoDA’s Principal and Founder Wesley Kean believes that the use of Metabolist principles can change the narrative on sea level rise from one of fear to one of opportunity. This design approach is the award-winning architect’s “Big Idea That Might Change The World In The Next Few Years.”

As a part of my series about “Big Ideas That Might Change The World In The Next Few Years” I had the pleasure of interviewing Wesley Kean. Wesley is an architect, Principal & Founder of Miami Beach-based KoDA.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I found my passion for architecture at a young age in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire where I grew up. I learned the tools of the trade from my father, a builder and carpenter, who remains a key influence in my work today. My father used to say, “measure twice, cut once!” and I apply the same philosophy to design today. I measure using analysis of site, program, and culture and evolve the ideas into architecture. In my opinion, skipping past the measuring phase would yield a completely meaningless architecture. While studying architecture, I learned that it was more than a construction and development industry, but that it can actually impact lives on a broader scale. I’ve understood the weight of responsibility that comes with design and its impact on our communities. The fact that ideas have the power to change the world, is what gets me up and excited to go to work every day.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?

My firm KoDA was asked to design a project in a very controversial location in Miami. Controversial because of its location within a public park, which carried with it political, environmental, historical and cultural pressure. We approached the design first by evaluating the viewpoints of each of these individual stakeholders and then re-built the design concept up from there. The result became an iconic symbol for the city in which the Mayor came to the City Commission meeting to personally speak on behalf of the project calling it “iconic” for the City. It was very inspiring to see the profound positive impact an idea about a structure can have on a community.

Can you tell us about your “Big Idea That Might Change The World”?

There has been some recent momentum on the discussion of sea level rise in the world. More often than not, however, the conversation turns apocalyptic very quickly. After all, this is an overwhelming subject and one with myriad physical, emotional and political challenges that force many to avoid the topic altogether. Most of the discourse among architects, planners and stakeholders revolves around ideas about sustainability and resiliency. However, we need to also be thinking about transformation, adaptation and preservation.

Read the full interview on Authority Magazine.

MiMo Bay Apartments Designed by Stantec is Underway in Miami’s Upper Eastside

MiMo Bay Apartments is a waterfront community that will feature  236 units and a new 15,000 square-foot American Legion Post facility for military veteran members. Stantec’s design vision is to pay homage to the surrounding neighborhood and its Miami Modern architecture and to establish a connection between Biscayne Bay and the Legion Memorial Park.

Asia Capital Real Estate Management (ACRE) and Global City Development have started construction on MiMo Bay Apartments on Miami’s Upper East Side. The 236-unit mixed-use waterfront community is a joint venture between ACRE and a large Canadian Pension Fund.

The five-story building will be constructed on a 3.5-acre parcel formerly occupied by the building of the American Legion Post No. 29, which was demolished back in 2016—shortly after the Canadian pension fund acquired the asset for nearly $4 million, according to The Real Deal. That site is adjacent to Legion Memorial Park at 6445 N.E. 7th Ave. in the coveted Miami Modern (MiMo) District.

To read more on this unique and exciting project, visit Multi-Housing News.

Wesley Kean Tells Indulge The Story Behind His Latest KoDA Design, Apizza Brooklyn

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Award-winning architecture and design firm, KoDA, practices design with ambition for its clients  and optimism for the world. Led by Principal and Founder Wesley Kean, he uses analysis and research to inform create the design of distinctive buildings, landscapes, interiors and experiences.

One of KoDA’s recent projects, the new Apizza Brooklyn restaurant in Coral Gables, is perhaps a perfect illustration of the firm’s research-based design process. Kean and his associates took on quite a bit of in-depth analysis, diving deep into the company’s brand and figuring out how the firm could communicate that vision through spatial configurations, materials and menu design. KoDA even read the restaurant’s online reviews.

“This process allowed us to distill the brand down to its essence, and build and evolve it back into the space,” Kean said.

Their findings led them straight to a familiar icon.

“The brand is very tied to New York, so we spent a lot of time evaluating the city,” Kean said. “The instinct is to jump to subway tile or brick, but we took a step back and asked ourselves, ‘What’s truly synonymous with New York?’ And we just knew we had to go with a scaffolding concept.”

To read more on Kean and his process of design, visit INDULGE Miami.