A 1930s landmark in Miami once frequented by Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Winston Churchill is to be restored to its former splendor by Richard Meier & Partner with KKAID. The Surf Club sits on a 9-acre property on the Atlantic Ocean in Surfside, Florida and originally operated as a private members club run by Harvey Firestone.
Designed by Russell Pancoast and opened in 1930, The Surf Club was associated with glamour and luxury, as captured in these black and white images (see left). Richard Meier & Partners are to restore the core elements of the original structure and flank the building with two new residential towers at 12 storeys each.
Bernhard Karpf, Associate Partner from Richard Meier & Partners, explains: “The main challenge of the project is to balance the relationship between the existing courtyard typology of the historic Surf Club and the new vertical buildings of the residential and hotel complex surrounding the Surf Club. This is achieved through the careful calibration of architectural proportions and of functional requirements.
“The unifying strategy for the whole project is the consistent introduction of natural light, and the establishment of visual corridors both of which will connect the old with the new buildings. This dialogue between the old and the new supports the notion of the Surf Club as a unique destination in the context of recent Miami developments anchored in the cultural history of its place and in the contemporary lifestyle of Florida’s largest city. ”
The hotel at The Surf Club will be managed by Four Seasons with approximately 80 rooms. There are also plans for 150 homes and penthouses in the two new residential towers plus a private membership club, four swimming pools, a spa and fitness centre, a plethora of beach cabanas and expansive ocean-side gardens. Richard Meier is also designing the interiors and finishes to the residences which range from 1,400 sq ft to almost 8,000 sq ft.
Construction is already underway on the project and is due to complete in 2016.
Project Credits from Richard Meier & Partners
Design Team: Richard Meier; Bernhard Karpf
Project Architects: Jerome Engelking; Amalia Rusconi-Clerici
Project Team: Ivan Adelson; Remy Bertin; Pablo Costa; Rachel Cusimano; Aurora Farewell; Henry Jarzabkowski; John Jourden; Bori Kang; Aung Thu Kyaw; Richard Liu; Diana Lui; Alison Macbeth; Amir Mikhaeil; Hans Put; Hee-Joo Shi; Steven Sze
Associate Architect: Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design (KKAID)