Renzo Piano’s new building floats effortlessly above land and sea

Designed by Renzo Piano, a new 66-unit luxury residential development in Miami has been designed to complement its natural surroundings.

On the cusp of Miami Beach and Surfside, a private, luxury beachfront condominium has been designed to seamlessly embrace the park and brilliant coastline that surrounds it. Named Eighty Seven Park, the development is Pritzker Prize winning Italian architect Renzo Piano’s first residential project in the United States; it has been designed to seamlessly bring together architecture, design and the natural landscape.

Boasting uninterrupted ocean views, Piano’s unique design for Eighty Seven Park hopes to “blur the line between the imagination and craftsmanship”, embracing its natural environment and forming a “botanical sanctuary”. The development has been created in close collaboration with Parisian studio, Rena Dumas Architecture Intérieure (RDAI), and Dutch landscape firm, West 8.

World renown for their previous work with fashion brands including Hermès, RDAI have designed Eighty Seven Park’s interiors with a colour palette inspired by the development's natural surroundings. Light oak and Venetian terrazzo has been used as flooring in each of Eighty Seven Park’s 66 apartments, whilst materials collected from the site – including pebbles, shells and leaves – will be highlighted throughout each space.

The 66 apartments may range in size - from one to five bedrooms – but there are many distinctive qualities that they all share, including spacious, oblong floor plans and high ceilings. Each residence will also have its own expansive balcony that looks out over the park and Atlantic Ocean; the large glass doors that lead to the balcony will 'disappear' when opened, allowing residents to forget the distinction between the interior and exterior.

Meanwhile, a series of private, public and semi-public spaces within and around Eighty Seven Park have been designed by West 8. The Dutch firm was inspired by the luxury residence’s remarkable setting and the tropical landscape around South Florida; using this inspiration, West 8 have created a private residents park and redesigned the public 35-acre North Shore Open Space park, which neighbours the development.

Within the private park and gardens, residents will find a series of terraces and lounges, along with an outdoor pavilion that they can use for social occasions, meditation or yoga classes. As well as these outdoor park spaces, residents of Eighty Seven Park will have access to a range of world-class amenities and a valet service. These amenities include a wine cellar, a large open plan library, two swimming pools, a children’s play area, a sauna and spa, and a state-of-the-art gym.

The vision for Eighty Seven Park is “to create a coastal sanctuary that enhances the green space of the area”, allowing residents to live in the centre of a serene coastal environment. The development is set for completion at the end of 2018, and one thing is for sure; as Renzo Piano’s first foray into the US residential market, the luxury beachfront building is sure to become a landmark.

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