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How Living Green Walls Improve a Space

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Living green walls, vertical gardens and biophilic designs offer all the benefits of nature inside a space that not only functions as living art but also improves our well-being.

Architecture and design firm Stantec recently completed the interior design of Wix’s new office and technical center located in Miami Beach. The 24,000 square foot office features a living wall made of green moss that displays the Wix logo while enhancing workers’ lives through a connection with nature. The indoor green wall increases the oxygen level throughout the office, reduces stress and enhances creativity and clarity of thought.

A tropical modern home, designed by Choeff Levy Fischman Architecture + Design, blurs the line between interior and exterior. The house, located on Allison Island, opens out onto an atrium with two 24-foot living walls. The living walls not only bring life to the modern architecture, but they also improve the house’s thermal insulation by adding a protective layer of plants.

Patrick Blanc, a French botanist and scientist, created the living wall at Juvia restaurant in South Beach, as well as the gardens at the Pérez Art Museum. Juvia’s wall not only regulates the rate of humidity outdoors, but it also cools the air. As the human footprint expands, these qualities are important. Unlike a green wall, which faces in one direction, Blanc used different types of plants on the hanging columns to create the vertical garden at Pérez Art Museum. The vertical garden restores the habitats of countless species while providing a space-efficient way of incorporating greenery into a building’s exterior design.

OBR’s Favorite Miami Buildings

Though Miami is known for its pastel-colored hotels on South Beach, its architecture is defined by a number of contrasting styles. Architects and developers have been transforming Miami’s cityscape into one of the new architectural capitals of America. From a contemporary luxury high-rise to a historical Spanish hotel, we’ve curated a list of our top 5 most iconic buildings.

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The Biltmore Hotel

The Biltmore Hotel was built in 1926 by hotel magnate John McEntee Bowman and land developer George Merrick, who combined his deep affection for lush South Florida landscape with a high regard for Italian, Moorish and Spanish architectural influences to create this architectural gem. The Biltmore Hotel was initially the tallest building in Florida at 315 feet and, today, its 23,000 square-foot pool is one of the largest hotel pools in the continental United States. The Biltmore’s rich history makes it Coral Gables’ most preeminent historic landmark.

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1111 Lincoln

The iconic garage on the west end of Lincoln Road was designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron. The open-air structure rises seven stories and includes office space, retail, parking spaces and a mysterious rooftop penthouse. The seventh floor of the garage is also where 1111 Vibe hosts Skywave Yoga on Monday evenings. The view from the top overlooks Lincoln Road, Alton Road and as far as the shores of Biscayne Bay.

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Solitair Brickell

Solitair Brickell, the latest luxury high-rise gracing Miami’s skyline, was recently completed by global architecture and design firm Stantec. The design of the 50-story building distinguishes itself with a unique angular, towering basket-weave design inspired by the majestic Medjool date palm tree popular in South Florida’s tropical landscape. Developed by ZOM Living, Solitair Brickell includes 483 residential units, millennial-friendly amenities and one of the highest rooftop resort-style pools in Miami.

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New World Center

The New World Center is a concert hall in the heart of South Beach, home to the New World Symphony, a post-graduate orchestral academy. A collaboration between the symphony’s artistic director, 11-time Grammy award-winning conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, the building features multiple flexible spaces, cutting-edge media equipment, six stories of natural light and views of the iconic Miami Beach Art Deco skyline. A new 2.5-acre public park designed by the firm West 8, features the New World Center’s SoundScape park where New World Symphony WALLCAST concerts are presented on the building’s 7,000-square-foot projection wall.

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One Thousand Museum

One Thousand Museum is a high-rise residential condominium under construction in Downtown Miami designed by the late Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. When completed, the 62-story building is expected to rise over 700 feet, making it one of the tallest buildings in Miami. The design of the building distinguishes itself with the contrast between the robust exoskeleton and the crystalline glazing of the glass façade beneath it. Gregg Covin, Todd Michael Glaser, Louis Birdman, Kevin Venger, Gilberto Bomeny and Regalia Group are the developers.

Congress South Beach’s Pre Art Basel Warm Up with Artist Krave & Photographer Tomas Loewy

 

The Congress South Beach kicked-off Art Basel Miami Beach Week with a soiree atop of the hotel’s oceanfront rooftop pool and bar. The hotel unveiled a new mural by renowned local artist, Daniel Fila, better known as “Krave” and showcased the bright, colorful floating canvasses of famed photographer Tomas Loewy in the hotel’s pool. Inspired by the hotel’s Art Deco décor, Daniel Fila created “Sunbather II”, a mural inspired by his signature pin-up style.  The mural will stay up provisionally and will be visible by passersby on Ocean Drive.  Loewy’s floating canvasses were influenced by the Burning Man Festival which he has documented through photographs and film since 2004. Guests enjoyed the 360-degree ocean and skyline views from the hotel’s rooftop and sipped complimentary cocktails by Deep Eddy Vodka.  Photo Credit:  Janine Cruz Morales

ADD Inc Miami’s New Design of the Shelborne South Beach Pool

South Beach’s pool fashionistas can strut the new catwalk, sun bathe on the upper VIP sun deck, dive into the reflective infinity edge pool and lounge in the cabanas with private showers. The new pool, part of ADD Inc Miami’s multi-million dollar renovation of the Shelborne South Beach, will make a splash this fall and is destined to be Miami’s next hot hotel pool scene. Click on this link to continue reading:

ADD Inc Miami’s New Design of the Shelborne South Beach Pool Features Catwalk, Spiral Staircase, Cabanas and Sun Deck

Moveable Feast at the Shore Club

Shore Club Penthouse with champagne and raw bar

The Shore Club on Miami Beach hosted a fantastic event showcasing their Oceanfront Meeting Space, 2oth Floor Penthouse, Skybar Red Room & Terrace, Beach House Bungalow and Pool. The food was outstanding as expected from the team at Nobu and Ago. The night ended with a fireworks display and Shore Club replica cake for dessert. Special thanks to General Manager Tim Nardi and the entire Shore Club team.

Private Pool outside the Beach Bungalow