by Shraddha NairMay 05, 2021
The Eighty Seven Park luxury condominium tower at Miami Beach, Florida, marks Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s first residential project in the United States. Developed by Terra (a Miami-based real estate development and investment company) in partnership with Bizzi & Partners Development (a global real estate firm), the 71 m high beachfront property has a cantilevered, elliptical volume with white oval plates stacked on top of each other and separated with arrays of glass.
The recently completed building has been designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) in close collaboration with architectural and interior studio RDAI in Paris and West 8, an international office for urban design and landscape architecture in Rotterdam. Eighty Seven Park is also set to become a landmark for Miami Beach, marrying architecture, design and the natural landscape in its elliptical planned form. The luxury tower hovers majestically over the land and sea it is abundantly surrounded with, with its 68 sparkling villas reflecting the Miami sun, whilst offering spectacular and unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean and the distinct Miami skyline.
The 18-story Eighty Seven Park is situated at Miami Beach’s northern edge, the North Beach, where the white sandy land meets the aqua sea. The exquisite site is just minutes away from Bal Harbour shopping, Surfside and Miami’s exclusive district Indian Creek. Pritzker Prize laureate Renzo Piano describes the project: "The language we wanted to use for Eighty Seven Park is the language of lightness, a sense of a lack of gravity. When I look at how the glass and suspended decks of the building appear to float, and how they catch the sun and the light of the ocean, it’s fantastic.” He follows it up by saying, “Craftsmanship is one of the essential qualities of architecture and we went back to this tradition to bring this building to life. The quality of architecture is about poetry and beauty but it’s also about detail and perfection.”
The stunning condo tower includes a penthouse, along with one to five-bedroom residences, spanning 1,400 to 7,000 sqm. Each unit houses spacious floor plans, wrap-around terraces on the exterior, which take up 50-70 per cent of the interior space and picturesque floor to ceiling windows, with custom made sunken frames. “Seeing our vision come to life and the new energy that Eighty Seven Park has brought to the neighborhood is thrilling,” said Terra President David Martin. “What Renzo Piano Building Workshop created here is something that I think is a landmark for this last portion of Miami Beach and really gives a lot of dignity and pride to the community.”
The design draws from the natural surroundings of North Beach, with the structure highlighted and inspired by materials sourced from the site’s location, such as shells, pebbles, leaves and sea grass. The light filled interiors feature pale oak flooring, which mirrors the colour palette of aged sea grape leaves, while the Venetian terrazzo floors mimic the calmness of Miami’s white sandy beaches. The incorporation of glass between the oval floor plates offer elegance to the residences and brings in much needed natural air and light. Verdant plantings inside and outside the residences break the form visually, tying in the ground floor lobby with the garden, pools and the park.
“The palette created for this project was inspired by the surrounding natural elements of North Beach,” said Denis Montel of RDAI. “Capitalising on the architectural vision of Renzo Piano Building Workshop, we wanted owners of this building to feel that they are one with nature from their first step inside.”
Eighty Seven Park is flanked by a two-acre private park, accessible only to its residents, which features gardens, terraces, lounges and sculptures, along with a pavilion offering space for social and cultural gatherings, including yoga on the beach and areas for meditation. The luxury tower delivers world class amenities such as 24/7 global concierge and butler service, an on-staff botanist, valet services and an Enotica wine bar. The building also has a library curated by Taschen, two swimming pools which feature a lovely series of cabanas, and Fugo Bar which serves cold pressed juices and organic food. The condo tower also houses a state-of-the-art fitness centre, Hammam relaxation spa, and several sauna and steam rooms.
“The meticulous design lies in simple and bold interventions that are rooted in a deep appreciation of the site’s ecological and cultural significance,” said Daniel Vasini, Creative Director of West 8, a celebrated firm roped in for the landscape design of Eighty Seven Park. “We leveraged the site’s best attributes - its adjacency to the park and ocean, convenient access to the city, and unique coastal ecology - and brought them together harmoniously to create an urban Eden unlike any other in South Florida.”
The landscape comprises a series of public, private and semi-public spaces that bring in the natural surroundings and South Florida’s verdant tropical environment seamlessly. West 8 has designed both the private residents park on the oceanfront and the public North Shore Open Space Park that has been specifically revamped for the Miami residents.
Name: Eighty Seven Park
Location: Miami beach, Florida, United States
Year of completion: 2020
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Developers: Terra in partnership with Bizzi & Partners Development
Interior Design: RDAI
Landscape Architecture: West 8
Lighting: Lux Populi