Grove At Grand Bay, Coconut Grove
On one of Miami’s best real estate parcels, a modern miracle of glass and steel will rise on the site of the old Grand Bay Hotel in Coconut Grove. Its twelve foot ceilings with wraparound floor to ceiling glass will set a new standard for the top of luxury condo living in South Florida. Its spectacular site is located within one of Miami’s most interesting areas to live, historically celebrating its laid back lifestyles along the waterfront of Biscayne Bay with seaside dining, active street cafes, great shopping, cinemas, and close several of Miami’s best schools. Only minutes from downtown Miami, Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, and Miami International Airport, the neighborhood of Coconut Grove is a favorite for active residents and frequent travelers alike. This site is within walking distance of all of these amenities including Fresh Market and City Hall.
Local aficionados of the old hotel are delighted to hear of new life on this site in a fantastic but very small condominium community which will be nestled in the tree canopy to attach it visually to the landscape of Coconut Grove. Thankfully the “rescue team” includes developers with an excellent track record, a rising star architect in tandem with a hugely successful local architect, and one of the biggest names in landscape architecture today. First, the architect and his dream creation. Copenhagen born and New York matured Bjarke Ingels Group was the winner of a design competition for the Grand Bay site and literally fifty or so iterations later, they came up with a simply stunning spiral of twin glass towers which rise from a forest pedestal and spin in the direction of the most amazing views available as the tower rises in elevation. Bjarke Ingels has assembled a formidable package of existing work which includes amazing design solutions to some very tough problems, including our personal favorite which was how to hide a very ugly industrial recycling center with smoke stacks in downtown Copenhagen.
Imagine thinking the problem through and deciding to trick the eye by building a ski area on top the building complete with blue, black, and green runs- all then open it as a public amenity for the city. Then in Manhattan on the Upper West Side he took a difficult site and covered it with a triangle tipped on an edge to pick up the southern light exposure and then slit to open a courtyard in the direction of the Hudson. Just amazing. Now pair this mind with brilliant local architect John Nicohols who brings the experience of 50+ hospitality projects like the old Grand Bay, the renovation to Fontainebleau, and a working knowledge of the local code. This is a brilliant pairing.