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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.

OBR Marketing Gains McKenzie as New Client

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Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations is proud to announce the addition of McKenzie to its premier client list. McKenzie is a boutique Miami-based design, construction and custom fabrication firm that works with some of the most recognizable brands and high-end residences throughout the South Florida area. Their work reflects their passion for creating beautiful projects and spaces that improve the quality of life for those who utilize and inhabit them. They provide high-quality construction and craft fabrication services while implementing sustainable building practices whenever possible.

Whether working with an outside architect’s design or constructing an in-house design-build project created by one of their architects, McKenzie strives to make the built product as beautiful as its original concept. Their projects in construction and craft showcase their love for working with wood, metal and concrete.

McKenzie’s most recent works include the design and construction of Michael Schwartz’s latest concept, Genuine Pizza. Part of Genuine Hospitality, Genuine Pizza was formerly known as Harry’s Pizzeria. The new outpost officially opened its door inside Aventura Mall’s new expansion wing early December and is part of a multi-city expansion to 18 new locations – all of which are scheduled to be designed by McKenzie.

McKenzie also worked with French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to install a modular sun shade and seating system made from steel and colored glass in Miami Design District during Art Basel Miami Beach 2017. The permanent cloud-like canopy connects Paradise Plaza and Palm Court.

Additionally, McKenzie is serving as the executive architect and general contractor for Central Fare, a 50,000 square-foot food hall located at MiamiCentral. McKenzie is coordinating the design, construction and millwork of the project, and construction on Central Fare is slated to be completed by spring 2018.

Stay tuned to learn more about McKenzie’s upcoming projects.

Choeff Levy Fischman Makes a Splash in Luxury Pool Magazine

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Choeff Levy Fischman‘s unique approach to home and outdoor living designs made a splash in Luxury Pools + Outdoor Living Magazine’s 2017 Fall/Winter issue. The Choeff Levy Fischman team received recognition as a 2017 Pinnacle Awards winner recognizing some the year’s best in pool and outdoor living designs, principal Paul Fischman discusses designing outside the lines, and founding principal Ralph Choeff, explains how his expert architectural team combines modern architecture and tropical elements to create a shorefront splendor.

Overlooking Biscayne Bay, this residential property in Miami Beach, Florida, embodies mid-century modern architecture and tropical modernism, which is carried throughout the home and outdoor living areas. With a cohesive and masterful design, the expert architectural team at Choeff Levy Fischman, along with Christopher Cawley Landscape Architecture, brought this contemporary tropical oasis to life.

“Of the utmost importance was the concept of indoor-outdoor living,” says Ralph Choeff, founding principal at Choeff Levy Fischman. To accomplish this, the entire rear façade was designed with vast sliding glass doors, blurring the line between indoors and outdoors and maximizing the bay views from almost any room in the house.

“The pool and water features were strategically positioned to interact with the interior spaces,” adds Choeff. “The pool steps and integrated spa face downtown Miami and are positioned directly in front of the interior living room lounge. This setup allows the homeowner and guests to enjoying breathtaking views of the city while relaxing indoors or outside in the pool or spa.”

Incorporating natural waterscapes was a key element to the entire design. “We bring the water theme into play right from the beginning,” says Choeff. For the approach to the main entry, stone steps over reflecting ponds give the feeling of walking on water, he explains.

At night, the city and surrounding elements light up, creating a dramatic and enchanting effect as the lights in the reflecting ponds project upward and interact with the architecture of the home. In the evening, pool lighting enhances the blue tile, giving the pool an almost purplish hue.

The outdoor living spaces include multiple gathering areas around the pool, including a sunken outdoor living room with a mid-century style fire pit and a cabana containing a large outdoor kitchen and dining area. “The entire experience, combined with the indoor/outdoor layout of the residence, gives the outdoor entertaining spaces a resort-like feel,” comments Choeff.

Stained ipe wood establishes a warm yet somewhat monochromatic style while limestone decking contrasts with the iridescent blue tile used in the pool and spa. “This sets the pool apart,” says Choeff, “especially the aboveground areas that form the infinity edges.”

MCAD’s Active Design Miami Helps Make Key Biscayne a Healthier Place to Live

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The Miami Center for Architecture & Design worked with the Village of Key Biscayne to implement its latest initiative Active Design Miami and make the village a healthier place to live, work and play for all residents.

With its small size, natural beauty and health-conscious population, Key Biscayne is an ideal place for an innovative program aimed at using design to encourage active lifestyles.

Active Design Miami, a program inspired by New York City’s Active Design Guidelines, sets policy and design strategies to create healthier streets, open spaces and buildings. In Key Biscayne, it found an advocate in Village Council member Brett Moss, whose day job is an architect, general contractor and founder of MOSS Architecture + Design.

Moss, who frequently puts the Active Design standards into play for buildings his firm designs, said the Village joined several other South Florida communities earlier this year in adopting the standards as guiding principles. He would like to see that lead to development that promotes parks, outdoor activity, walking and biking, etc.

“I’m hoping that as we update our vision in Key Biscayne, we keep encouraging people to be outside and walk and bike to different places,” he said. “We should be looking at that in future policy making, zoning, codes and ordinances.”

Moss noted the Active Design philosophy focuses on parks and open spaces, development patterns, transportation and mobility. “I think it’s something that we’re always looking at in Key Biscayne anyway, so it was kind of a no-brainer for me to bring this to the Council.”

Cheryl Jacobs, executive vice president of Miami Center for Architecture and Design, which spearheads the Active Design Miami initiative, agreed Key Biscayne is the perfect place for the guidelines to play out. She applauded the Village for being an early adapter, becoming one of the first of 10 municipal governments and the Miami-Dade County government to sign on.

“Quality of life is really important in Key Biscayne, and anything a municipality can do to give residents an opportunity to have a better quality of life is a positive for that community,” Jacobs said. “Highlighting things like bike share, park access, golf cart access paths is really a quality of life issue. Key Biscayne adopted the concepts so readily, because they have already done some of these things.”

To read the full story, visit Islander News.

Your Guide to Miami Art Week

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Miami Art Week is here. With more than 70,000 expected attendees, Art Basel will showcase some of the best contemporary art and trends through interactive installations, intimate photography and film exhibits, fairs and more. Whether you’re browsing the walls in Wynwood or scanning paintings and sculptures at a museum, there’s no end to the exhibits for you to explore. This week, Miami invites locals and sophisticated art collectors to exhibits, concerts, festivals, food and drink lounges, satellite fairs and more. Here’s a neighborhood guide to Miami Art Week.

 

Miami Beach

The Circle of Land and Sky. December 4 – December 10. Faena Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free; www.faena.com/miami-beach/

Urban Legends. December 4 – January 4. The Sagamore Hotel Miami Beach, 1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free; www.sagamorehotel.com/urban-legends

IRL (In Reel Life). Deceumber 5 – December 31. Old City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Free; www.jacobercreative.com

Scope Miami Beach. December 5-10. Scope Pavilion, 801 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. $25-$150; scope-art.com.

Design Miami. December 6- December 10. Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, Miami Beach. $20-$100; designmiami.com

INK Miami Art Fair. December 6 – December 10. Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free; www.inkartfair.com

Museum of Ice Cream. December 6 – December 11. Faena District, 3400 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. $98; www.museumoficecream.com/miami

Shawn Kolodny Presents Fake Fulfillment Center. December 6 – December 10. Boulan South Beach, 220 21st St., Miami Beach. $15+; fakefulfillmentcenter.splashthat.com

AQUA Art Miami. December 7 – December 10. AQUA Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; $25+; www.aquaartmiami.com

Art Basel Miami Beach. December 7- December 10. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. $50-$130; artbasel.com.

BLINK, BURN. 6 p.m., December 7. The New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach. Free with reservation; www.pratt.edu/events/public-programs/

Basel, Lox and Cream Cheese Annual Art Basel Brunch. 10 a.m., December 10. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $18 Members, $25 Nonmembers; www.jmof.fiu.edu/calendar/2017/basel-lox-cream-cheese-annual-art-basel-brunch/

 

Midtown/Wynwood

Mex/ART. December 1 – December 10. Be/Art Contemporary Gallery, 119 NW 29th St., Miami. $22; be-artgallery.com

ArtSpot Miami. December 6 – December 10. ArtSpot Miami Tent, 1700 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. $25+; www.artspotmiami.com

Red Dot Miami. December 6- December 10. 1700 NE Second Ave., Miami. $10-$85; reddotartfair.com.

Spectrum Miami. December 6- December 10. 1700 NE Second Ave., Miami. $10-$85; spectrum-miami.com

“humanKIND” at Wynwood Walls. December 7- December 10. Wynwood Walls, 2520 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-531-4411; thewynwoodwalls.com.

Basel House Mural Festival. December 8 – December 10. Old RC Cola Plant, 550 NW 24th St., Miami. Free; https://baselhouse.com/

 

Downtown/Brickell

Augmented Reality at PAMM. December 5 – April 21. Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $16; http://pamm.org/ar

CONTEXT Art Miami. December 5- December 10. 1 Herald Plaza, Miami. $35-$250; contextartmiami.com.

Art Miami. December 6 – December 10. 1 Herald Plaza, Miami. $50+; www.artmiamifair.com

Young Artist Initiative Presents RAW Pop Up. December 6 – December 10. Historic Post Office Building, 100 NE 1st Ave., Miami. $10-$120; http://youngartistinitiative.com/

Fair. December 7- December 10, Brickell City Centre, 701 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Free; https://www.fairmarket.art/.

Miami Street Photography Festival. December 7- December 10. HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Free; miamistreetphotographyfestival.org.

PRIZM. December 5 – December 17. Mana Downtown, 145 E. Flagler St., Miami. Free; www.prizmartfair.com/prizm2017

 

Overtown

The Black Party Art + Fashion. 11 p.m., December 6. Art Africa Miami Arts Fair, 920 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. $20; https://www.blartsy.com/main/2017-black-party-mia

 

Coral Gables

Lowe Art Museum’s Bubbles & Brunch. 10 a.m., December 10. Lowe Museum, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables; 305-284-4545; http://www.lowe.miami.edu/calendar/index.html#/?i=1

 

Sweetwater

Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum‘s Breakfast in the Park. 9:30 a.m., December 10. Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami; 305-348-2890; https://frost.fiu.edu/calendar/2017/bitp.html

Stantec Set to Design Park-Line Miami and WPB Interiors

lobby1_no-peopleStantec has been selected to design the interiors for upcoming Park-Line residential projects in West Palm Beach and Miami.

Park-Line West Palm is expected to be completed next year while Park-Line Miami, which will rise at MiamiCentral, is slated for completion in 2019. Both projects are located next to new All Aboard Florida Brightline Express Train stations, which will run between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and, eventually, Orlando.

The design concept for Park-Line Miami is “the timeless traveler,” as the release states, with “rich leathers inspired by antique luggage and travel bags, warm woods, creamy neutral tones, and deep blues are incorporated to create a sophisticated and inviting environment.”

Stantec will design Park-Line Miami’s lobby, residential units, and curate the furniture for the amenity deck, the latter including a yoga pavilion, a dog park, a running track, a movie screening area, and a resort-style pool. The twin towers have just begun vertical construction.

For Park-Line West Palm Beach, the project will feature “tones of rich purple complemented by warmer tones of yellow” and a “dripping diamonds tile wall” that “gradients from purple to gold and silver tones.” Amenities there include a game room, a dog park, and a dog spa.

To view more images of the project, view Curbed Miami.

Oktoberfest Comes to Wynwood This Weekend

floridafest_steinThe fall season for beer lovers only means one thing – and no, we’re not talking about pumpkin beer. It’s the celebration of Oktoberfest, the world’s largest Volksfest or beer festival. Held annually in Germany, it’s a 16- to 18-day festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. In Miami however, we have Blocktoberfest hosted by Concrete Beach Brewery.

This year, the third annual celebration is back with stein hosting competitions, pretzel eating games, bratwursts, beer, and lots more so strap on your lederhosen and head over to Wynwood this Saturday for some fun!

Oktoberfest-style celebrations will take place from 1 to 7 PM at the Social Hall on Saturday, September 23 where guests can get a taste of Floridafest, the German-inspired brew with a hint of tropical influence.

Floridafest is the supreme South Florida beer to savor this fall – ideally under a palm tree as you attempt to shade yourself from the blaring sun – we are in Miami after all. The lager features subtle undertones of toasted coconut, with notes of toffee and vanilla that round out this smooth, medium-bodied beer.

The limited release beer is currently available on draft at select South Florida bars and restaurants, but 16 oz. four-pack cans will be exclusively available for purchase at the Blocktoberfest celebration starting this Saturday.

The event will feature live performances by Monster Sound Pro, delicious bratwursts by Babe Froman Fine Sausages, and more. Concrete Beach will donate $1 from every Floridafest beer sold during the event to Feeding South Florida, up to a maximum of $1,000. For more information on Feeding South Florida visit feedingsouthflorida.com – the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in South Florida.

To find where Floridafest is available, visit the beer finder.


MCAD Creates Design & Policy Strategies to Build Healthier Communities

dsc01415The Miami Center for Architecture & Design is making Miami-Dade County a healthier place to live, work and play by working with city leaders to adopt and implement Active Design Miami, a set of policy and design strategies for creating healthier streets, open spaces and buildings. The initiative is meant to change the way public and private spaces are designed by going beyond looking at the efficiency of a space, but rather taking into account the way they affect the health of the individuals who interact with them.

Miami-Dade County faces a number of challenges that can benefit from use of Active Design strategies. With two-thirds of Miami-Dade County’s 2.6 million residents overweight or obese, Active Design Miami comes at a perfect time. Its goal is to tackle the County’s rising obesity and chronic disease rates, and high rates of depression and other mental health issues affecting our communities.

As of today, Miami-Dade County and the cities of Miami, Miami Beach, Pinecrest, Surfside, South Miami and Key Biscayne have formally adopted Active Design Miami, and several other cities are also nearing adoption. The strategies are not one-size fits all, so cities can select the most appropriate ones for their needs. MCAD is currently working with the County and the six cities to implement the strategies that address the health needs of their respective city. In addition, Active Design Miami puts on several meetings and events that encourage healthy living. MCAD will continue working with the county and municipalities to implement these strategies.

Stantec Hosts Inaugural Miami Chapter of the Academy of Architecture for Health

eduardo_egeaThis week, Stantec Miami held the inaugural meeting for the Miami chapter of the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH). Healthcare design professionals and architects alike attended the event that kicked-off with a happy hour and included presenters Tatiana Guimares, past president of the national AAH, and Eduardo Egea, chair of the AAH Miami chapter.

The Academy’s mission is to improve both the quality of healthcare design and the design of healthy communities by developing, documenting, and disseminating knowledge; educating design practitioners and other related constituencies; advancing the practice of architecture; and affiliating and advocating with others that share these priorities.

Eduardo Egea recently joined Stantec as the healthcare principal for the company’s Miami office and organized the event themed ‘Moving Upstream – An Introduction to Healthcare Facilities Planning.’ Egea directed the presentation toward architects, who are historically “downstream” from key pre-design planning decisions and who he believes must react to the parameters established for the design process to follow.

Through Egea’s new position, he has helped the firm further expand its healthcare strategy and design capabilities in Florida, the Gulf Region, and beyond. Egea and his team are currently working on several renovation and expansion projects at Aventura Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Palms West Hospital, and Plantation General.

 

Bloommiami Launches Little River Creative Collective

Last week, our client Bloommiami celebrated the Little River neighborhood’s transformation into Miami’s latest creative hub with the first installment of the Little River Creative Collective, a platform for local innovators to promote their work and present ideas, facilitating growth through collaboration and commerce.

The theme of the night was ‘Creative Rides’, which focused on highlighting a few local creative minds who are helping the neighborhood maintain its edge, while fostering growth through collaboration. The Little River artisans featured in this month’s collective specialize in cool rides ranging from custom bicycles, longboards, and innovative surfboards all locally crafted in Miami.

Rudy Marquez of Loco Cycles, Carlos Reyes of C-Shapes Fine Custom Surfboards, and Marlon Ammann of Holz Longboard Co. were the stars of the first Little River Creative Collective.

Located in the Little River district themselves, Bloommiami is particularly invested in the community. They are are passionate about the community’s continual transformation into a unique creative hub, all the while protecting its culture and heritage. In addition to it’s retail-focused designs, Bloommiami is working to build a network of united individuals through the Little River Creative Collective that focuses on the responsible growth of Miami’s diverse community through themed events relevant to featured creatives.

For it’s first event, Bloommiami designed a nature-inspired cocktail bar which featured  signature mojitos and daiquiris sponsored by Bacardi.

Be sure to keep up with Oberhausen on all social platforms for more news on Bloommiami and details on its next event!

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