A coastal Sanctuary, Eighty Seven Park by Renzo Piano

 

By Jennifer Feil

 

I see this as our own museum in Miami, something if we cannot reside in, we can at least have the pleasure of contemplating. As the architect has stated ‘This building belongs to Nature”.

 

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The architect’s (who may be best known for designing the Pompidou Center in Paris, and more recently, The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City) much anticipated 18 story modern glass structure will ‘hover’ over a lush 35 acre ocean front park on the Northern end of Miami Beach.

 

One of the main things I love about this project is that the landscape is considered as important as the structure. Award winning Dutch landscape design firm West 8, responsible for the re development of New York’s Governors Island, is re invigorating this extensive ‘verdant oasis’, which will include adding to and curating what is already there growing wild, such as a handpicked selection of manicured Sea Grape trees, groves of coconut palms and dunes on the ocean side, as well as creating manicured walking gardens to the  North of the property, thus enveloping the entire building with lush green that, thanks to a modern glass walled elevated lobby, will give the impression of this lush oasis continuing into the building itself. It is also the only building I know of that will have an on site botanist, to curate the lobby’s extensive array of trees, plants and flowers.

 

 

Paris based firm RDAI, known for designing the interiors of Hermes boutiques worldwide, was brought in to design everything from the open floor plans to the exquisite finishes of kitchens and baths to spa and common spaces. Their designers looked at the surrounding nature for inspiration- sand, shells, driftwood- and the result is a clean and classic look of light oaks and natural stones.  A unique and amazing standout in the design of each unit is how the interior spaces will seem to continue onto the massive exterior terraces, thanks to grand glass doors that when open will disappear completely. I love the visual of neutral and natural looking interiors surrounded by floor to ceiling glass looking out onto the surrounding green of the park and the turquoise ocean.

 

Although this is Renzo Piano’s first foray into residential architecture, I see this as our own museum in Miami, something if we cannot reside in, we can at least have the pleasure of contemplating. As the architect has stated ‘This building belongs to Nature’.

 

An overview

Eighty Seven Park consists of seventy beachfront residences on eighteen floors with private elevator access. Residences range in size from one to five bedrooms (1,000 sf to 4,010 sf) with expansive terraces. Full-floor residences offer 360-degree views of the ocean, park, bay and city.
 

Prices range from $1,800,000- $14,500,000

 

 

 

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