Jean Nouvel elevates Miami Beach residences to avoid rising sea levels
The first residential project by French architect Jean Nouvel in Florida was built over 30 meters above sea level to counter the growing risk of flooding in Miami Beach.
Monad Terrace is located in the South Beach neighborhood, home to a variety of Art Deco buildings that have been renovated in recent years but are threatened by sea level rise due to climate change.
The new development, which will include 59 waterfront homes overlooking Biscayne Bay, aims to mitigate the risk by complying with the city’s recently introduced regulations requiring structures to be erected more than 1.83 meters above sea level.
It is the first building to adhere to this policy as Miami is belated to respond to climate change while concerns for the low-lying city grow.
Nouvel exceeded the restriction and was 3.5 meters above the water level on the first floor. This allows space for an underground parking lot that is also above sea level.
“Due to this significantly higher incline, all interior rooms and the garage entrance are placed far above the flood level without having to dig down to the groundwater level in order to build underground parking spaces,” said developer JDS.
During Art Week in Miami last week, the residences were split between two buildings that are arranged around an outdoor area.
Inward-facing facades have sawtooth profiles that are clad with honeycomb patterns and reflect the light that comes from a central pool and the lagoon behind it.
“It’s all about the water,” said Nouvel. “And all of the design work is to create a vision that frames the lagoon and bay.”
Each apartment has a spacious outdoor terrace as well as kitchens and bathrooms, which were also designed by the architect with marble surfaces and wood accents.
Residents have access to amenities such as a 35-meter pool and hot tub overlooking Biscayne Bay, a coffee shop and juice bar, and storage room for bicycles and water sports equipment.
Pritzker Prize winner Nouvel is one of many star architects working on residential projects in and around Miami.
BIG recently completed two spiral towers in Coconut Grove, while the skyscrapers by Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects and Herzog & de Meuron are in different planning or construction phases.
Nouvel’s other projects in the US include a super-tall, thin skyscraper rising in Manhattan. The city’s Philharmonie de Paris and the Institut du Monde Arabe, as well as the Torre Agbar in Barcelona, are among the most famous buildings by the architect, who ranked 40th on the Dezeen Hot List. about architects, designers and institutions of the year 2016.