This luxury Miami home brings the tropical landscape indoors

May 30, 2018 by  
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Cape Town-based architecture firm SAOTA has completed a luxury waterfront home in Miami that boasts envious views toward the Atlantic Ocean and Miami Beach. Sandwiched between the Indian Creek Canal and Pine Tree Drive in the city’s historic Collins Waterfront district, the expansive home—called the Pine Tree Residence—prioritizes an indoor-outdoor living environment. The home also derives inspiration from the firm’s South African roots with its emphasis on the outdoors and “easy-living.” Completed as SAOTA’s first project in Miami, the Pine Tree family home is punctuated with palm trees and continuous views of water throughout. To take advantage of the site’s strong linear proportions, the architects installed large windows that allow for views straight through the home. The porosity of the home and the layout allow homeowners to enjoy views of the outdoors from almost any vantage point in the home. The Pine Tree home also overlooks the activity of the canal ; however, punched anodized aluminum screens can be used to ensure privacy when needed. “The design is as much about containment as it is about the views through the many living spaces, towards the Atlantic Ocean and world-renowned Miami Beach,” says SAOTA director, Philip Olmesdahl. “While the overall contemporary architectural design is a key focus of the SAOTA design team, the use and connectivity of the spaces is the primary driver – how the house lives.” The pool dominates the home’s footprint and the amount of water on the site is about half of the six-bedroom house. The large pool courtyard offers a buffet of entertaining options and includes a hot tub, barbecue area, bar, and even a two-story waterslide that serves as a focal point at the pool pavilion. Related: Foster + Partners unveil plans for a pair of hurricane-resistant high rises in Miami The interior is awash in natural light and the spaces were designed in collaboration with Nils Sanderson. The contemporary and harmonious finishes and furnishings establish the home as a calm retreat from stressful city life. Warm tones are achieved through a mixture of timber and other materials such as callacatta and limestone.  Raymond Jungles designed the landscape. + SAOTA Images via SAOTA

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BIG completes LEED Gold-seeking luxury condos in Miami

August 16, 2016 by  
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Located on South Bayshore Drive, the 98-unit Grove at Grand Bay condominium overlooks views of Biscayne Bay to downtown Miami. Despite Miami’s reputation as a car-centric city, the Grove at Grand Bay’s surrounding area is highly walkable and close to some of the city’s most popular cafes, lounges, bookstores, and boutiques. The pedestrian-friendly luxury condominium also includes two rooftop pools, a five-star spa and fitness center, full-time concierge and butler service, and even a pet spa. Residences range between 1,300 square feet in size to a 10,000-square-foot full-floor penthouse. All units come with 12-foot-high ceilings and glass doors. The design of the twisting glass buildings draws inspiration from the organic shapes found in nearby bodies of water and dense tropical foliage. The buildings are complemented with a stunning and lush landscape design created by acclaimed Miami landscape architect Raymond Jungles . The planting plan includes nearly 500 trees, over 15,000 plants, and many water features, and will help the project achieve LEED Gold status. Related: Brickell Flatiron takes Miami one step closer to a denser and more pedestrian-friendly downtown “Coconut Grove is one of Miami’s most storied neighborhoods and Grove at Grand Bay represents another chapter in that story,” says Terra President David Martin, who co-developed the project alongside his father Terra CEO Pedro Martin. “A sanctuary for artists, writers and unconventional thinkers, the Grove has a long history of challenging the status quo – much the same way Grove at Grand Bay is changing the way Miami thinks about design. We planned and developed this building with the goal of adding value to our neighborhood, so we’re proud that Coconut Grove is enjoying a resurgence while remaining mindful of its colorful past.” + Bjarke Ingels Group + Raymond Jungles Images via Grove at Grand Bay

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CDC issues historic Zika virus warning for northern Miami

August 2, 2016 by  
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Fourteen cases of Zika virus have been reported in the Miami area, leading Center for Disease Control (CDC) officials to issue a health alert for pregnant women and their partners living and traveling in that area of Florida . Although the mosquito-borne virus can go virtually undetected in most people, contracting the illness during pregnancy can lead to microcephaly , a severe birth defect that results in children needing lifelong care. Several other countries, including the United Kingdom, have already issued travel advisories for pregnant women traveling to south Florida. On Monday, officials announced that 10 new cases of Zika virus had been identified, adding to four previously known cases. The diagnosed cases are concentrated, leading health officials to believe the highest risk centers around a one-square-mile zone north of downtown in the Wynwood neighborhood. CDC officials believe these Zika cases all began when individuals contracted the disease locally, rather than while traveling overseas. This marks the first locally transmitted occurrence of the Zika virus within the continental United States. Related: The number of pregnant women in the U.S. with Zika virus just tripled The travel warning applies to women who are currently pregnant as well as those who may become pregnant in the near future, as contracting Zika could cause birth defects even after the fact. “Women who were in this area and left this area recently should wait at least eight weeks before trying to get pregnant,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden at a news conference on Monday. Officials continue to warn residents to take action to discourage mosquitoes , such as getting rid of standing water inside homes and backyards, as well as using insect repellant when outside. Widespread pest control attempts by local agencies haven’t had much of an impact on the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the Zika virus, so additional precautions are now necessary. Health officials also noted that the mosquitoes do not travel more than 150 meters in their lifetime, which means the risk is confined to a small geographic area. Via ABC Images via Wikipedia and CDC

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Yves Béhar showcases his sweet handmade surfboard in a temporary Miami Surf Shack

December 16, 2015 by  
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San Francisco designer Yves Béhar built a temporary installation as a showroom for his handcrafted surfboards in Miami Design District. The wooden Surf Shack is accompanied by an exhibition called Connecting, where the designer showcased his original sketches, prototypes and the well-known activity-tracking wristband Jawbone and the One Laptop Per Child project. Read the rest of Yves Béhar showcases his sweet handmade surfboard in a temporary Miami Surf Shack

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Elon Musk’s idea for powering the entire U.S. with solar energy holds a lot of water

December 16, 2015 by  
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Elon Musk is many things: a forward-thinking technology buff, a serially successful businessman, and even a mediocre actor . He spends a lot of time thinking about the world’s big problems and coming up with possible solutions, and it’s probably high time we all start listening to what he has to say. Recently, Musk offered his take on powering the entire United States with solar power , and the more his suggestion is analyzed, the more sense it makes. Essentially, he proposes that the whole country could be powered by “a little corner of Nevada or Utah” and that, if government leaders cooperated and invested in infrastructure, it could happen in as little as 15 years. Is it really possible? Read the rest of Elon Musk’s idea for powering the entire U.S. with solar energy holds a lot of water

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Nissan’s first extended-range electric car is going to debut in 2016

December 16, 2015 by  
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It’s widely known that range anxiety is one of the main reasons why car buyers haven’t whole-heartedly adopted the new crop of electric vehicles. BMW and Chevy have answered this range anxiety issue with models like the Chevy Volt and BMW i3, with their range extending engines and now Nissan has confirmed plans to offer a new electric vehicle with a small combustion engine. Read the rest of Nissan’s first extended-range electric car is going to debut in 2016

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Brickell Flatiron takes Miami one step closer to a denser and more pedestrian-friendly downtown

September 10, 2015 by  
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James Corner Field Operations unveil plans for new Underline rail park in Miami

August 12, 2015 by  
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SHoP reveals design for downtown Miami’s proposed “Innovation District”

June 4, 2015 by  
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Often called the Capital of Latin America , Miami has been identified  as the richest city in the United States, the fifth richest globally by purchasing power, yet it lacks key characteristics of a true world city, such as comprehensive public transit and dense development that may attract powerful tech companies. To fill this gap, SHoP Architects and West 8 , in partnership with developer Michael Simkins, have proposed the construction of a four-block “Innovation District,” which incorporates urban density and modern amenities into its design. In the midst of Miami’s current construction boom, the developers hope that the Innovation District will foster the growth of creative technology industries in Miami.   Read the rest of SHoP reveals design for downtown Miami’s proposed “Innovation District” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , downtown miami , innovation district , Miami , Miami Innovation District , mixed-use , shop architects , urban density , Urban design , west 8

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James Corner Field Operations unveils plans for 10-mile “Underline” park in Miami

March 18, 2015 by  
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Image courtesy Anna Baez James Corner Field Operations (JCFO)—the architects behind the New York High Line —have been selected to develop the vision and master plan for a 10-mile linear park dubbed the Miami Underline  in Miami, Florida. The park will revitalize the area beneath Miami’s Metrorail, creating a safe and vibrant urban trail for cyclists and pedestrians that will stretch from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station. Read the rest of James Corner Field Operations unveils plans for 10-mile “Underline” park in Miami Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cycling , green space , james corner , james corner field operations , Landscape Architecture , linear park , LIVING ART , Miami , pedestrian , safety , underline , university of miami , urban trail

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