Bjarke Ingels Group completes Grove Towers in Miami
BIG Twist: Bjarke Ingels brings a new twist to life in a Miami condo
Bjarke Ingels’ spiral towers have been rising steadily through Miami’s skyline from Coconut Grove since 2012. We watched the Danish architect’s grove in Grand Bay with eager anticipation and are happy to finally take a look inside.
Together with the luxury developer Terra, the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) tried to create a progressive monument without affecting the colorful history of the region. Coconut Grove is “a haven for artists, writers and unconventional thinkers,” said David Martin, president of Terra. “Questioning the status quo has a long history.”
The Grove at Grand Bay continues this great tradition of pushing boundaries. Each of the 20 floors of the two towers promises excellent views thanks to its unique corkscrew design – the structures arch around one another in an attractive architectural duet. Whatever you look like, the view is clear despite the proximity of the buildings. One direction overlooks Biscayne Bay and the newly developed Regatta Park, while the other direction extends toward downtown Miami and the beach.
The floors of the towers fan out like a corkscrew
Around the towers are the green creations of landscape architect Raymond Jungles (who also lives around the corner from Coconut Grove), which were developed in collaboration with Ingels. Together they have created a strikingly Sylvanian residential campus. The combination of 500 trees, 15,000 plants and a multitude of water features creates a lush landscape that mirrors the natural surroundings of Coconut Grove without compromising the continuity between outside and inside.
To this end, Ingels made sure that the interior and exterior schemes match precisely. Airy spaces are lavishly embellished with notable works of art, including works by Olafur Eliasson and Pedro Reyes – though it doesn’t feel like an art gallery. Living facilities are discreetly placed, no frills and thoughtful. This includes everything from a state-of-the-art fitness center to a pet spa and children’s play area.
Aside from private perks, respect for the thriving local community, community and economy was at the heart of the project. Ingels explains: “It was important that Grove at Grand Bay responded to its community with a respectful and distinctive design. This is a special place with a clearly defined soul. ‘