Miami gets a new twist

Nick Myall
Tuesday 30 Aug 2016

Bjarke Ingels’ BIG and NBWW have added two new towers with a unique look to the Miami skyline

Bjarke Ingels’ BIG and NBWW have taken inspiration from the contemporary vernacular of condominiums in Miami USA, where brise-soleil-style balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic water views. BIG and NBWW have taken these indigenous elements of the new Miami skyline and continued the evolution of their local architectural language. Coconut Grove’s identity is closely tied to its untamed jungle-like vegetation, yet the centre sadly lacks this quality. 

BIG and NBWW’s design “re-groves” the heart of Coconut Grove, and creates a landscape in tune with the surroundings. The two towers of the Grove at Grand Bay respond to the surroundings and to each other, to give optimum views at every level. The towers take off from the ground to capture the full breadth of panoramic views from sailboat bays and the marina to the Miami skyline. 

The dancing motion of the towers creates a new landmark in the community. A lush abundance of plant-life blankets the parking and amenity spaces, folding down to create pedestrian and vehicular access to the towers.

Commenting on the project architect Bjarke Ingels said: "Coconut grove is a special place with a well-defined soul, so it was important that Grove at Grand Bay responded to its community through a design that was respectful and distinctive. By creating twisting towers that rise side-by-side but never cross paths, we were able to optimize views, outdoor spaces and the flexibility of our floor plans while allowing the buildings to interact with one another."

Bruce Brosch, Partner at NBWW also commented: “It was a pleasure to work with BIG on this project. They definitely presented our team with a very challenging design with the buildings’ unique, twisting shapes, and we all had to rise to the challenge. Successfully carrying it out, and seeing the results, is very gratifying. The buildings are definitely a new landmark in Coconut Grove, and we are pleased to have played a part.” 

The project has been developed by Terra Group, Miami’s leading real-estate development company. Pedro Martin, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder said: “Grove at Grand Bay’s impressive aesthetic and unparalleled service are tantamount to the evolution of Coconut Grove and raises the bar to Olympic heights.” 

Nick Myall

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