The latest issue of Private Air Magazine features a recently completed Tropical Modern home in Miami Beach designed by Choeff Levy Fischman. Located on Hibiscus Island, the residence features Brazilian Oak wood floors, Calacatta marble accents and disappearing sliding glass doors that create a seamless transition between inside and out. With this property, Choeff Levy Fischman blended cutting-edge technology with custom millwork and high-quality finishings throughout the residence.
Known for their star-studded clientele, the inventive minds behind the award-winning Miami-based architectural firm, Choeff Levy Fischman, presents their new high-end Tropical Modern residence that offers the best of indoor-outdoor living where one can enjoy waterfront living, alfresco dining, fantastic city views, and much more.
Located on exclusive Hibiscus Island in Miami Beach, Florida, this jaw-dropping, waterfront contemporary residence boasts 6,000 sq. ft. of luxury overlooking the Miami skyline, with an impressive 80 feet of waterfront with private dockage for your yacht.
Meticulously designed by renowned architects Ralph Choeff & Paul Fischman, the two-story, five-bedroom, five and a half bath estate blends cutting-edge technology and the highest quality finishings in every room. Designed with disappearing sliding glass doors, one can seamlessly transition from indoors to the lush landscaped outdoors, enjoying all the residence has to offer.
The sexy modern fully-equipped chef ’s kitchen features exotic Italian millwork, Calacatta marble, and a designated bar made of stained Italian Oak with Sub-Zero wine coolers – one for red and one for whites. Soak in the bay views, from the floating master bedroom suite outfitted with Brazilian Oak wood floors, a spa-inspired master bath with large soaking tub, marble shower, balcony, and home office with unobstructed views.
Outside a 590 square foot pool sits beneath the suspended master. Across the floating steps, adjacent to the pool, lies a shallow wet lounge where homeowners can dip their feet, play with small children, or simply enjoy the sun. Colorful Brazilian Cumaru wood, lush foliage, including a Bamboo garden, adds life and color to the residence.
In addition to the home’s stunning design, architects included several sustainable features to help protect the home against Miami’s natural elements such as an onsite rainwater retention system, insulated glazing low-energy film on windows to minimize solar heat gain, glare and reduce energy costs, high Albedo roof membrane to reduce heating and cooling usage. The south facing waterfront home was created to resist hurricane winds, storm surges, and rising sea levels. At the time of the design, the seawall’s code requirements were 4.8 NGVD. However, this residence stands at 7.26 NGVD and sits 22 to 26 feet away from the seawall, allowing for additional barriers from storms.
“This home is unique because of its pie-shaped lot and connection to the open bay. We designed the residence to maximize waterfront views, while also creating a seamless transition between the interiors and exteriors with column-free, corner opening, sliding glass doors which disappear into pockets when opened,” notes Paul Fischman, principal at Choeff Levy Fischman.
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.
Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations (OBR) is proud to announce the addition of FRONTIER Building to its premier client list. FRONTIER Building is a national general contractor, construction management and design-build services firm that specializes in providing turn-key construction projects for its clients.
Helping their clients transform imagination into reality, FRONTIER Building focuses on the unique needs of each of its clients in each particular market. Their well seasoned and carefully trained project managers, estimators and superintendents have market-specific expertise, which translates into seamless and successful construction projects for their clients.
The OBR team has been working to rebrand FRONTIER Building and deliver new marketing tools. Although FRONTIER Building has thrived over the years by consistently delivering for its clients and fostering valuable relationships, in today’s world, businesses need to leverage different tools to manage relationships, stay ahead of the competition and accelerate growth. To optimize effectiveness, we’ve created an improved modern, relevant image for the FRONTIER Building brand that stands unique in the national, commercial construction market, while also appealing to the high-end interiors clientele. In the coming weeks, OBR will be delivering new corporate websites and materials and launching a national public relations campaign. Stay tuned!
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.
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.
For Michelle Scholtes, the secret to putting together a gourmet office lunch is the cooking toolkit she keeps at work. Ms. Scholtes, who is 30 years old, relies on mini salad tongs, a small cutting board, a paring knife, salt and pepper shakers, a miniature chef’s knife and two titanium sporks. She uses them in the kitchen of the non-profit in Washington where she works. Her favorite utensil is a silicone spatula with which she caramelizes onions and grills peaches for a savory goat cheese salad, she says.
Cubicle dwellers are stocking everything from chef’s knives to avocado slicers at their desks and bringing in ready-to-cook ingredients like those in DIY meal kits. The result is more time spent stirring—and socializing—in the office kitchen. The trend is taking off among young workers who are foodies but want to save money by not going out, says Diane Stegmeier, a consultant who helps companies manage change in the workplace. “We are seeing an emphasis on not just eating healthy, but also eating with others,” she says.
Gabriella Casimir, 25, a community manager for a co-working firm in New York City, sticks to just a few ingredients that can stay fresh in the office pantry. As far as ingredients, “I try to keep it minimal,” she says. One of her favorite lunches is summer rolls, an eggroll-type concoction that doesn’t require frying. To create it, Ms. Casimir uses warm water to transform crunchy rice paper into a soft shell. She stuffs it mostly with vegetables and “rolls into a burrito.” She uses the company blender to create a mango peanut dipping sauce or a creamy cilantro aioli.
While there are few hard-and-fast rules for cooking in the office, one no-no is fish, says Francesca Cwynar, a 28-year-old public-relations manager. “Even cold tuna smells pretty extra,” she says. To keep the open-plan office where she works from smelling like weekend brunch, Ms. Cwynar swaps morsels of unsmoked pancetta into recipes that call for bacon, which can be too strong for the office.
Microwaving certain vegetables is off-limits, too, because some can smell as bad as boiled eggs. “There’s nothing worse than someone who has microwaved a whole pack of Brussels sprouts,” says Ms. Scholtes, who adds that she avoids strong spices including cumin because the aroma can linger the entire day.
That said, people seem to like the aroma of melted cheese and tomato sauce. Ms. Cwynar keeps garlic, canned chickpeas and other non-perishables at her desk for an impromptu winter stew. She uses lunch as an excuse to step away from her email and “stimulate some good thoughts,” she says.
Quick and easy cleanup is key for Desiree Tizon, who keeps coconut oil, all-purpose seasoning and aluminum foil at her desk. Ms. Tizon often brings a sealed plastic sandwich bag of marinated tofu to the Weston, Fla., software firm where she works. She broils the tofu in the office’s convection oven to make it crunchy, and uses the oven’s bottom tray to cook asparagus or a sweet potato, which she pops in just before the lunch rush. Earlier in the day, she might use the same oven to make a breakfast frittata of egg whites and vegetables.
In recent years, Helen of Troy’s Oxo brand has introduced tiny sauce bottles, a microwave omelet maker and silicone baking cups for making mini frittatas. Many of the products are small enough to stash in a tote to customize meals on the go, says Karen Schnelwar, Oxo’s vice president of global brand strategy and marketing. A hand-held spiralizer, launched in 2015, cuts vegetables—including zucchini—into noodle shapes and can fit in a desk drawer. “We see a lot of people ‘zoodling’ in the middle of the day,” Ms. Schnelwar says.
Corporate kitchens are taking over larger, windowed spaces. Some are equipped with appliances and smaller kitchen gadgets such as waffle makers or panini grills, which appeal to office cooks, says Barbara Savage, a Miami-based senior associate at Stantec, a design consultancy. The option to cook in the middle of the day encourages a fun company culture where people can gather for lunchtime guacamole competitions, Ms. Savage says. Building codes prevent businesses from installing stoves, she says, but “you can make a batch of cookies in a toaster.”
To read the full story, visit The Wall Street Journal.
Last year, the incredible team of doctors at Joe Dimaggio’s Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida helped save the life of a teen who nearly died from complications of the H3N2 strain of influenza. As the peak of the 2017 season approaches, experts emphasize the importance of getting the vaccine.
Vanika Idnani lived across the globe in Australia, but the 3-year-old’s death could be a harbinger for the coming flu season in the U.S.
The little girl is the most recent victim of a virulent strain of flu well-known to doctors everywhere.
And that strain is already showing up this flu season in America. How the U.S. responds depends on how influenza-experts engineered this year’s vaccine and whether residents get a flu shot — which can be done on a quick trip to the grocery or drug store.
Convincing people to take advantage of that opportunity is another story.
“It’s sort of odd. One country’s experience doesn’t always mean it will be our experience,” said Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist in the influenza division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Flu is just really hard to anticipate what it is going to do. There are a lot of factors.”
For instance, while Australia, Hong Kong and Southern China had a bad flu season, New Zealand did not, she said. Still, in Australia, more than 50 people have died from the flu this year, including little Vanika. The culprit is the H3N2 strain of the flu which has already surfaced this summer.
Loxahatchee teenager Jenny Spell knows all too well the danger of this strain. The Palm Beach Post earlier this year chronicled Spell’s near-death struggle with the flu that forced her onto a heart-lung machine for five days and required a kidney transplant and nearly a year-long rehabilitation.
Spell encourages everyone to get a flu shot because it is unknown whose immune system might be the one that can’t fight it off. “If you won’t do it to protect yourself, do it to protect the people you love,” said Spell, now a college student at the University of Florida.
Dr. Alina Alonso, director of the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County, echoes Spell’s sentiments: “You might not only be protecting yourself you will be protecting a young baby or an elderly person who may be next to you.”
Even if someone comes down with a flu strain not included in the vaccine, he or she will get less sick than if they didn’t get the shot, she added.
Dr. Allan Greissman, a specialist at Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida in Hollywood, said he is concerned about the myths about the flu vaccination. Few excuses for not getting the flu shot carry any weight, doctors say.
Healthy people who live a gluten-free life can get the flu as easily as someone who lives on Twinkies. There are options for pregnant women or people with allergies. Few people ever have an adverse reaction to the vaccine. Putting it off is not wise since it takes two weeks for the vaccine to take full effect.
Also, the vaccine carries a dead virus so that it can’t give anyone the disease.
“We are very concerned about the upcoming flu season especially because of all the bad publicity the flu shot has been getting,” Greissman said. “Our practice has seen an upswing in the number of influenza positive patients; I strongly urge the community to get vaccinated this season.”
Read the full story on the Palm Beach Post.
For many, a visit to the airport can be an obstacle course of long lines, hurried passengers, and moving walkways crowded with the only people who aren’t in a rush. Air travelers are often so focused on making it to their destinations that they don’t realize the meticulous thought that has gone into the futuristic sky portal they’re moving through.
Each day, everyday freedoms like walking, hugging, playing and even breathing are taken away from kids and adults in our community with muscular dystrophy, ALS and other related muscle-debilitating diseases.
The dollars raised to support those affected by these medical illnesses fuel MDA’s efforts to find research breakthroughs across diseases, to care for kids and adults from day one, and to empower families in hometowns across America with services and support.
This weekend, Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida is joining the Muscle Dystrophy Association in its annual Muscle Walk.
The annual walk gives residents from across the country the opportunity to unite around a cause that binds everyone together so that MDA can continue to enhance its support and care, offer the highest-quality programs and accelerate research efforts to bring more treatments to families faster.
The MDA Muscle Walk of Hollywood-Miami will take place this Saturday, October 28 at Charnow Park in Hollywood Beach. To register for the walk or donate to the cause, visit MDA.org.
Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations is proud to announce the addition of LAND.design to its premier client list. LAND.design is a full-service, Miami-based environmental planning, landscape architecture, exterior living, and design practice. The unique firm specializes in creating bespoke outdoor environments for boutique hotels, private residences, luxury resorts, ecological projects, urban zones, and public spaces around the world.
LAND.design and its founder, Matthew Lewis, have established an internationally recognized portfolio of high-quality, award-winning design solutions.
The boutique-style firm has completed more than 75 projects in impressive locations including Dubai, Latin America, Mexico, the U.S. and the Caribbean.
The firm’s comprehensive team of tech-savvy, creative talent possesses vast experience in sustainable design, geography, architecture, technical drafting, conservation, ethnography, the arts, and interior/exterior design that is matched by a breadth of global expertise in business and linguistic assets.
Stay tuned to learn more about LAND.design’s exciting projects.