Exploring Miami’s Maritime-Inspired Condominiums
Oct 27, 2020 | By: LX Collection
Between the miles of sandy beaches, the sparkling azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean or Biscayne Bay, the host of sailing regattas and yacht shows, and the pristinely landscaped pools, the year-round waterfront-retreat atmosphere of Miami beckons to an international elite. And as they design new condominium towers, architects and developers keep this awareness front and center. From private beach access and marinas to panoramic water views to resort-minded pools and sundecks—if you’re looking to live the aquatic life, these are some of the new Miami condominiums to consider.
Playing off the coastal sailing vibes for which the enchanting, historic enclave of Coconut Grove is known, Mr. C Residences by brothers Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani reimagines the brand’s old-world sophistication and glamour through a maritime lens. Each residence, designed by Arquitectonica, Meyer Davis, and ArqGEO, conveys the town’s seaside locale while conjuring the 1950s Italian Riviera: high-gloss wood millwork and sinuous curves recall a luxury yacht, floor-to-ceiling windows reveal panoramic views, and masterful craftsmanship abounds. Expansive terraces allow for outdoor living when you’re not taking advantage of the building’s private Bellini Bar, lifestyle and nautical concierge services, hi-tech wellness center, or the cabanas, pool, and sundeck at the Bayshore Owners’ Club. Sunset sailing, world-class regattas, waterfront parks, and Dinner Key Marina—Florida’s largest wet slip marina—all lie within an easy walk or drive, and Mr. C Residences provides the perfect landing.
The Monaco Yacht Club & Residences in Miami Beach is an ode to Miami’s nautical nature, pulling design inspiration from the movement suggested by sunshine reflecting off the ocean. Piero Lissoni and Arquitectonica turned to the Cote d’Azur when creating the undulating, glass-encased collection of 39 waterfront residences, imbued with exotic woods, rich stones, lustrous metals, and warm sandy whites, plus frameless glass wet rooms in the spa-like master baths featuring views of Biscayne Bay. The building’s amenities include exclusive beach access; a rooftop pool, Jacuzzi, and sundeck; a state-of-the-art fitness center; and a residents’ lounge featuring a library and breakfast bar. The private marina, offered exclusively to residents, boasts 12 boat slips designed to accommodate large vessels. A plethora of water sports and activities—from motor-yachting to kayaking, paddle boarding, scuba diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing—redefine nautical leisure and living.
Zaha Hadid’s famous residential tower in Downtown Miami, 1000 Museum, is known for its exoskeleton facade and her signature avant-garde interior shapes. Her futuristic details extend to the double-height Aquatic Center, with rippled, arched walls and an infinity-edge indoor pool. There’s also an indoor-outdoor holistic wellness spa complete with plunge pools and a Swim & Sun Terrace and Sky Lounge. The 62-story building encompasses museum-quality residences, townhomes, half-floor residences and full-floor penthouses designed by Uli Petzold. Along with a private helipad, multimedia theater, and custom scents created by fragrance brand 12.29 wafting through the amenity spaces (and available for residences), the aquatic amenities are just the tip of the iceberg.
The wave-like silhouette of Una Residences in Brickell immediately speaks to its sense of place on the waterfront. That connection continues inside. The third-floor terrace houses every kind of pool a resident could want, including a lap pool, family pool, whirlpool, and kids’ splash pad area, all overlooking Biscayne Bay and Una’s private boat slips. A collection of chaises and cabanas invite poolside lounging, while grilling areas and outdoor bars encourage indulging. An additional waterfront relaxation pool provides a front-row seat to the sunset over Biscayne Bay. When Una residents are ready for the ocean, they have access to Grand Bay Club in Key Biscayne.
In Surfside, a collaboration between Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design has resulted in Arte—a collection of 16 oceanfront residences that presents a European sensibility with luxury resort-style amenities. While each residence enjoys private terraces with ocean views, the pools arguably deserve the spotlight: there’s a 75-foot-long indoor lap pool surrounded by travertine and onyx accents, an outdoor pool and deck clad in natural stone, and a lushly landscaped meditation pond. Residents can also steal away to the fitness center, rooftop tennis court, or nearby Bal Harbour Marina.
Haute couture meets luxury living at Missoni Baia in Edgewater—249 waterfront residences conceived by Paris Forino Design with the same colorfully bold, playful sensibilities as the building’s namesake Italian fashion house. With architecture by Asymptote Architecture and verdant landscaping by Enzo Enea, Missoni Baia will offer views of the Bay, Miami Beach, and the Atlantic Ocean, as well as an Olympic-sized lap pool, a lounge pool, a whirlpool spa, daybeds in candy-hued Missoni-esque fabric, outdoor dining, and a children’s water-themed play area. On the bayfront, the outdoor deck will boast an infinity-edge pool overlooking the Bay and colorful poolside chaises. Even the pool surfaces will be cloaked in Missoni color bars. The spa, created by the Aman Resorts team, looks out on Biscayne Bay. Residents here are also granted access to the Grand Bay Club in Key Biscayne.
Soaring 18 stories high above Collins Avenue (aka Millionaires’ Row), the wellness-minded 57 Ocean by developer Jose Isaac Peres and Arquitectonica brings Brazilian-inspired interiors to Miami Beach. Floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces, two oceanfront swimming pools, a sunset terrace, a spa with an outdoor treatment room, and a sunlit library all overlook the ocean, where you’ll find beach attendants, gourmet bites, craft cocktails, and sandy stretches from Bal Harbour to South Pointe Park. And at 2000 Ocean in nearby Hallandale Beach, Italian furniture brand Minotti applied its design sense to its first US residential tower, with the help of TEN Arquitectos, Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, and Sasaki landscape architects. Amenities run the gamut from beach butler service with cabanas and umbrellas to a spa pavilion, bamboo garden, hammam, and curated art library with an ocean view. When residents want a refresh, they can turn to the oceanfront cafe and juice bar.
Eighty Seven Park by Renzo Piano in Miami Beach boasts oceanfront pools and cabanas, a refreshing juice bar, and a wellness center. In the wine cellar, residents can host tastings with a personal sommelier. The residences, crafted with beach-inspired materials like oak grains and natural stone, offer floor-to-ceiling views of the ocean. Finally, the Four Seasons Private Residences at The Surf Club enables its residents to enjoy Four Seasons services and amenities, including three pools (nestled within lushly landscaped gardens by Fernando Wong), the spa, two restaurants, and 40 private cabanas dotting the shoreline. With seamless views out to the water from each sun-drenched residence designed by Joseph Dirand, you’ll forget you’re at home and feel like you’re setting sail.