Miami Beach is a worldwide famous home destination for wealthy people who choose to be surrounded by luxury goods, thus it is also the scenery for some of the best architectural creations in high-end residential buildings that require talented designs applied into projects that match the exquisite and demanding taste of the buyers. These are four of the most renowned architects who got involved, contributing with their talent, experience and creativity, making of Miami Beach a better place to live.
Internationally known for his furniture designs and work in worldwide hotels and residential buildings in great cities like Dubai, London, Milan and Bali, Antonio Citterio is an Italian architect awarded with the Compasso d’Oro” of industrial design and the title of Honorary Royal Designer for Industry by The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce of London.
From 1997 to 1996 he dedicated his time to design buildings in Europe and Japan and in year 2000 he partnered with Patricia Viel to found Citterio & Viel for the perfect complement between the beauty and feeling of architecture and the detail of interior design.
His work is filled with perfectionism, timeless designs and high-quality materials merged to serve the functionality of spaces for people. Details like the cover of a lamp; the opening of the doors; the design of a chair; the materials of the kitchen; the functionality of the closet are samples of the special attention that he gives to the elements that compose the space and those feelings that are generated by the ones who live it.
Some of the beautiful projects developed by Citterio & Viel are the Bvlgari Resort & Residences Dubai; the Elle Decor Grand Hotel – The Open House in Milan, Italy; the Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, Turkey and the Mandarin Oriental, Milan, Italy.
In Miami Beach his firm designed -for the first time in the United States- the exclusive oceanfront building Arte Surfside, a collection of 16 residences in collaboration with Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design. Arte is a boutique residential development with units ranging in size from 3,150 to 7,523 square feet and resort-style amenities like spa offerings, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and recreation spaces among other luxury services.
Quote by Antonio Citterio:
When you look around your perception is emotional. Emotion for me is when you have a reaction when you see something and this something means color, material, lightning. In these private moments, if you have a really good ambiance, you feel good.
It seems Italians are born to be amazing architects and Renzo Piano is no exception. When he gets involved we can presence architecture, artistry, engineering and technology. Winner of the Pritzker Prize in 1998, this construction genius is considered to be one of the persons who changed modern architecture, marveling the world every time he lifts his pencil.
His style in the words of architecture critic Paul Goldberger: “Piano signature style. Instead, his work is characterized by a genius for balance and context….”. Piano referred to his style like this: “There is one theme that is very important for me: lightness…In my architecture, I try to use immaterial elements like transparency, lightness, the vibration of the light. I believe that they are as much a part of the composition as the shapes and volumes.”
The characteristics he describes can be witnessed in more than 120 projects across the globe including the Shard in London; the Kansai International Airport Terminal Building in Osaka; the Menil Collection in Houston; the Rome Auditorium; the Maison Hermès in Tokyo; the New York Times Building and the Whitney Museum in New York.
Miami Beach has the fortune of the materialization of his ingenuity in Eighty Seven Park, an Oceanfront Building with 70 villas that -by the trace of the architect- seem to defy gravity. The residences have unobstructed views to the ocean and extra wide balconies, private gardens make life even better in the public spaces and a range of indoor and outdoor amenities honor luxury lifestyle.
Renzo Piano’s Quote:
Architecture just not answer to need and necessity, but also to desires, dreams and aspirations. This is what architecture does. Even the most modest hut on earth is not just a roof, it’s more than a roof, it’s telling a story about the identity of the people living in that hut. Architecture is the art of telling stories.
Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-British architect who unfortunately passed away in 2016 taking with her a unique talent. The first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize and awarded also the Stirling Prize, the United Kingdom’s most prestigious architectural honoring.
Even as she said that she had no particular style in design, Hadid liked to look at the relationship of fashion and architecture as a whole. Her traces have dynamic forms of long curved buildings with the use of light volumes, sharp-angles, light plays and the integration with the landscape.
The unique curves of her designs can be admired in projects that include the MAXXI Museum in Rome; the Guangzhou Opera House in China; the Galaxy SOHO in Beijing; Broad Art Museum in Michigan and the Library and Learning Center of Economics in Vienna.
In Miami Beach she perpetuated forever in the One Thousand Museum luxurious building, with unequaled views over the Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and a sculptural design that complements perfectly with the adjacent Museum Park.
Quote by Zaha Hadid:
I don’t think that architecture is only about shelter, is only about a very simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think.
Last but not least, Richard Meier is a winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Gold Medal by the American Institute of Architects.
Meier imprinted his designs mostly in museums, large mansions, temples and offices with geometric patterns and the prominent use of white that obey the conditions of their environment and help in the arrangement of indoor and outdoor areas, giving the same importance to the clarity of lines, harmony, spaces and light.
Some of his most important designs include buildings like the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and San Jose City Hall.
In Miami Beach he put his fingerprint in the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at The Surf Club: 121 units ranging from 1,800 to 7,800 with 2 to 5 bedrooms and features like unique custom indoor-outdoor transition to terraces.
Quote by Richard Meier:
I think white is the most wonderful color of all, because within it one can find every color of the rainbow.