Brickell Heights towers in Miami by Carlos Rosso

Architecture
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July 14, 2017

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From Daven Wu

Sun, sea and skyscrapers: New towers rise above downtown Miami

Argentine real estate developer Carlos Rosso is completely transparent in its devotion to Miami and welcomes the “tremendous growth of its cultural institutions, public parks, and retail and entertainment options.” This was the impetus for the aggressive production of “top-tier residential projects” by his company Related Group – projects such as the SLS Brickell designed by Philippe Starck, 11o0 Millecento and One Ocean.

Rosso’s latest game is Brickell Heights, two residential towers in the middle of Brickell, for which he won the Arquitectonica wonder team and interior designer David Rockwell.

The lead architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia found inspiration for the soft, angular shape of the towers in the sharp edges of the immediate surroundings. Indeed, the financial district could feel sterile if it wasn’t inexplicably filled with some of the best restaurants, retail, and street art eateries in Miami. With Brickell Heights, The Related Group increased the lively factor by commissioning a 35,000-square-foot series of hand-painted color-block murals by Argentine artist Fabián Burgos along the base of the tower.

“This is a very urban place,” explains Fort-Brescia, explaining why the towers’ organic shapes merge asymmetrically into the sky and taper to the sides to create southeast-facing terraces towards Biscayne Bay.

David Rockwell juxtaposed the interiors of the one- to four-bedroom, two-rooftop units on the 47th and 49th floors with views of the new Frost Museum of Science and Miami Beach. They overlay the mid-century design with sensible lashing straps made of stone, wood and metal and look outwards at Miami’s winning trifecta of skyscrapers, sky and sea.

The facilities are equally impressive, ranging from a screening room, spa, and communal vegetable gardens to a putting green, SoulCycle studio, and a sprawling Equinox gym outpost.

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