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Stantec Provides Integrated Architecture, Interior Design and Engineering Services for New YOTELPAD Miami

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Global design and engineering firm Stantec celebrated the ground breaking of the new YOTELPAD Miami, the latest high-rise located in the heart of Miami’s downtown urban core. Stantec is providing all-inclusive architecture, interior design and engineering services to the 31-story hotel/condo project by developers Aria Development Group and joint venture partner, AQARAT real estate company.

YOTELPAD Miami is a new brand by YOTEL and the first on the East Coast, featuring 222 Yotel-branded “cabins” (hotel rooms), 231 “PADs” (condominiums) and amenities such as a Skytop lounge, pool deck with restaurant and bar, fitness center, co-working space and pet spa.

The hotel portion, located on floors 2-12, includes 222 cabins. The ground level will include separate lobbies for guests and residences, a restaurant, lounge, an organic matcha bar plus a co-working space, and meeting rooms on the second level. There is also smart lockers for package deliveries, as well as bike and individual storage units for residents on the premises.

The condo PADs, encompassing levels 15-30, will have exclusive amenities such as a 2,000 square-foot “Lounge in the clouds” with game area and chef’s kitchen.  The high-tech units include studios to one- and two-bedrooms and range in size from 417 square feet to 708 square feet with top-of-the-line flooring and lighting, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, custom European cabinetry and Smeg brand Italian appliances.

Stantec is a recognized global leader in architecture, design and engineering, ranked among the top 10 architecture firms by Architectural Record and top 10 global design firms by Engineering News-Record. The firm has designed numerous prominent projects throughout Florida, including Solitair Brickell; Luma at Miami Worldcenter; Midtown 8 in Midtown Miami; 17 West in Miami Beach; and Park-Line in Miami and West Palm Beach.

YOTELPAD Miami is scheduled for completion in early 2021.

KoDA’s ‘Miami Music Box’ Exhibit is ready for Art Basel

dsc_0547KoDA will be participating in their first Art Basel Miami event, at this year’s RAW Pop-Up.  The architecture firm always aims to create ambitious designs that examine the environmental, cultural and social context of each site.  See the story in The Miami Herald.

Much has changed in Miami since the days of segregated fitting rooms in department stores.

An important exhibit, “Miami Music Box,” will be on display at the former Burdines in downtown Miami from Tuesday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, Dec. 9, during Art Basel Week. The pop-up art experience will take place in what used to be the dressing rooms, divided by race, in the popular store.

Organizers said it is a conceptualization of how far our community has progressed. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Miami Music Project’s mission to impact student lives through the power of music.

To read more, visit the Miami Herald.

 

Miami Center for Architecture & Design Moves into New Space

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The Miami Center of Architecture & Design recently celebrated the grand opening of its new space. Located at 310 SE 1st St., it is in the heart of Downtown Miami, bringing visibility to the organization, and the design and build of the environment.

With community meeting space and educational programs, MCAD is the place for anyone who is interested in enhancing their appreciation for the city’s vibrant and unique architecture and design. MCAD is home to AIA Miami as well as the Downtown Miami Welcome Center, in partnership with the Miami Downtown Development Authority. The Welcome Center is everything Miami – cultural events, attractions, maps, history and more.  MCAD educates the public through exhibitions, lectures, tours, film series and other programs that aim to reveal the richness of design in Miami.

To stay up to date with MCAD’s events. Visit https://miamicad.org/.

Stambul Acquires the Historic Walgreens Building in Downtown Miami

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Stambul, a family-owned and operated, full-service boutique construction and development firm, finalized the purchase of the historic Walgreens building in Downtown Miami for $19.75 million. Located at 200 East Flagler St., the building was owned by the Alonso family and was once home to La Epoca Department Store. Stambul plans to transform the approximately 50,000 sq. ft. building into a multi-level entertainment complex, which will serve as a catalyst for Downtown Miami’s resurgence.

The iconic Walgreens building at 200 E. Flagler St. in downtown Miami has a new owner with big plans for the future of the historic property.

The Miami-based construction and development firm Stambul paid $19.75 million for the 50,000 square-foot building. The sale closed on Friday.

The building was put up for sale in June 2016 by the Alonso family, who owned the department store La Epoca that had operated out of the location since 2005. The store closed in November 2016.

The five-story building, which was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 and cannot be torn down, will be turned into a multi-level collection of high-end restaurants, retail and entertainment venues.

“We are meticulously and thoughtfully curating and overseeing vendors, spaces and activities that will integrate to provide an organic experience,” Stambul’s Principal Daniel Peña Giraldi said in a press release. “Stambul wants to be a key player in the rebirth of Downtown Miami and its evolution into a culinary and entertainment destination for locals and tourists.

To read more, visit The Miami Herald.

Celebrity-Owned Choeff Levy Fischman Design Hits the Market

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Designed by Choeff Levy Fischman, Hibiscus Island’s Casa Ischia is on the market for $29.5 million. The waterfront mansion, owned by Former Formula 1 racer Eddie Irvine, features 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and 2 powder rooms. For Irvine, the concept of indoor-outdoor living was of the utmost importance. Taking advantage of the panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami’s skyline, Ralph Choeff created an interaction between the interior spaces and outdoors. Choeff achieved a tropical-modern vibe by incorporating stained Ipe wood and South American stone throughout the interiors and exterior of the home.

Former Formula 1 racer Eddie Irvine has listed his Miami Beach waterfront mansion for $29.5 million—which means you should race to grab your checkbook before it gets snatched up. Designed by Choeff Levy Fischman, the two-story home—known as Casa Ischia—shows off a tropic aesthetic and modern architecture. Clean lines and sleek overhangs imbue the space with a bit of mid-century-modern appeal, while walls of glass look out to the waterfront and downtown Miami. Large slab-style steps lead across a water feature and into the sunlight-drenched home.

The 10,448-square-foot property features an open-concept layout with seven bedrooms, seven baths, and two powder rooms. Ipe wood and South-American stone give the resort-style residence an understated, inviting feel, and limestone interior walls add a unique warmth to the space. Structural elements were kept thin to maximize vistas of Biscayne Bay. Wood cabinets and a waterfall island star in the gourmet kitchen, while a posh living room with a wet bar makes it easy to entertain guests. The master suite has a second-story balcony overlooking the swimming pool and a glass-encased bath with a walk-in shower, double sinks, and a deep soaking tub. Expansive pocket sliding-glass doors run the length of the property, creating a seamless transition between indoors and out-of-doors.

To read the full story, visit Robb Report.

Stantec to Design the First YotelPad Condo on the East Coast in Downtown Miami

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Stantec has been chosen for the architecture and interior design of the first YotelPad Condo on the East Coast in Downtown Miami. YotelPad Miami, an evolution from hotel to condo, will feature innovative, efficient spaces for hotel guests and condo owners. The project will include 208 residential units and 250 hotel rooms.

The first YotelPad condo on the East Coast will be part of the Yotel hotel project planned in downtown Miami.

This is the latest change to the 45-story project that has been in the works at 227 N.E. 2nd St. It will now have 208 residential units, ranging from 425-square-foot studios to 700-square-foot units with two bedrooms. Prices will start in the $250,000 range. Since they are a “micro unit” size, the floor plans will integrate the living, kitchen and dining areas into a single room to maximize space. Each unit will also have a dedicated storage space.

The project will also have 250 hotel rooms on the floor below the condos. There would be no on-site parking, so residents could use nearby garages.

The Yotel project is led by Aria Development Group and AQARAT, a Kuwaiti real estate company.

“Downtown Miami is emerging as a high-energy place to live, shop and work,” said David Arditi, principal of Aria Development Group. “With YotelPad Miami, we are meeting the strong demand for service-oriented, urban-chic apartments. In addition, owners have the unique opportunity to participate in a short-term rental program. Together with the Yotel brand, we are delivering a thoughtful, value-luxury experience in a dynamic location.”

Condo owners will have access to the hotel’s common areas and amenities, such as a coffee bar, a restaurant and bar, a fitness center, co-working space, a pool deck and a pet spa. The residents will also have an exclusive sky lounge with a game room, luxury living room and a chef’s kitchen.

Stantec is the architect of the project and the condo sales will be handled by One World Properties. The developers hope to compete the project in 2020.

To read the full story, visit South Florida Business Journal.

Tropical Modern Architecture Catches on in Vero Beach

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Paul Fischman, one of the three partners at the Miami-based, award-winning firm of Choeff Levy Fischman Architecture + Design, was commissioned by Peter Fine of To Better Days Development to design a custom spec home. Located in one of Miami Beach’s most prestigious neighborhoods, the tropical modern mansion was designed with warm, natural materials and an open layout for indoor-outdoor entertaining. Read more about the home featured in Vero Beach Magazine’s Winter 2018 Tropical Homes edition below.

When Peter Fine of To Better Days Development commissioned architect Paul Fischman to design a custom spec house, he had a particular vision in mind. In 2013, Fine had purchased a 28,000-square-foot lot on Biscayne Bay, located in one of Miami Beach’s most prestigious neighborhoods. “North Bay Road has always been one of the most sought-after addresses and was crowned ‘Millionaires Row’ for a reason,” says the company’s executive vice president and project manager, Joshua Young. “It is no coincidence that Miami Beach pioneer and developer Carl Fisher placed his estate on this street.”

The impressive mansions and elegant estates that grace this community routinely attract a who’s who of celebrities, athletes, musicians and industry moguls, all lured by the tropics and Miami’s international cachet. Mere blocks from the vibrant happenings of South Beach and the historical Art Deco district of Ocean Drive, the area’s attractions are many – boating, golfing, shopping and exquisite wining and dining are all just a stone’s throw away.

Architectural styles in this exclusive community run the gamut from Mediterranean revival to Italianate to mid-century modern, but Fine’s vision was clear: He wanted Fischman to design a luxurious, contemporary tropical home constructed of warm, natural materials with clean lines, a modern and open layout and spaces for indoor-outdoor entertaining. He wanted a home that exuded an experiential quality, built with materials and methods that echoed the environment and brought the outside in.

Fischman was up to the task. He is one of three partners in the Miami-based, award-winning from of Choeff Levy Fischman Architecture and Design. With a master’s degree in architecture from University of Miami and a bachelor’s in environmental design from the University of Colorado, he was a perfect fit for the project.

“Environmental design accounts for macro of microclimate, where you’re responding to the environmental features,” Fischman says. Fine’s directive informed his decision to focus on maximizing the natural light while creating a direct connectivity to the tropical environment.

Walking the lot, Fischman and partner Ralph Choeff studied the landscape, the angle and direction of light, and the architectural configuration needed to maximize the panoramic views of the bays and beyond. Fischman says that by extending a leg of the structure out proud of the main residence, they were able to create unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami from the family room and second-level master bedroom suites. And the utilization of the new technology for column-free spans of floor-to-ceiling glass allowed for a seamless, open-concept design that forged a direct connection to the tropical topography. “The way I designed this home is that there are pockets everywhere that can be opened up to the outside and nature,” he says. “The view literally drove every aspect of this home.”

Read the full story on Choeff Levy Fischman’s site.