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The BIG-designed Grove at Grand Bay is now complete, becoming an new architectural icon for SouthMiami. Residents will now put the finishing touches on the units before a grand opening and move-in next month. The two twisting 20-story towers have been completely sold out, and mark BIG’s first completed condominium building in the United States.
“Coconut Grove is a special place with a well-defined soul, so it was important that Grove at Grand Bay respond to its community through a design that was respectful and distinctive,” explains Bjarke Ingels. “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.”
Developed by the Terra Group and rising 20 stories over the bay-front, Grove at Grand Bay contains 96 expansive residences, ranging in size from 1,300 square feet to a 10,000 square foot penthouse with a 5,000 square foot terrace and private pool. Each condo features panoramic views as the two towers twist up from ground and clear the surrounding buildings, readjusting their orientation to ensure each unit receives sightlines to the marina to Miami skyline.
Property amenities include a rooftop pool on each tower, a 5-star spa and fitness center, a private dining room for residents and a pet spa. Units over 4,000 square feet are accompanied by a private 2-car garage; the South Tower penthouse with a 4-car garage. All units feature 12-foot high ceilings.
Hainan Airlines Group has announced an international competition between 10 top architecture firms to design the master plan and central buildings of the South Sea Pearl Eco-Island, an island located in Haikou Bay, on the island of Hainan, China. Featuring teams from China, Europe and the United States, the competition calls for the creation of an 250 hectare eco-tourism hub, which will contain housing, hotels, tourist attractions and a port with capacity for two large cruise ships.
Competition organizers China Building Center selected Vicente Guallart, former chief architect of Barcelona and director of Guallart Architects, to develop the strategic vision for the island, aiming to “achieve a new urban development based on ecological principles, the best available technologies and an excellent design, creating in this way a landmark for the new urbanism in China.”
Following a detailed selection process, submissions will be presented by the following 10 firms:
A winner will be selected in the last week of August by a jury comprised of leading architectural figures including Aaron Betsky (USA), Benedetta Tagliabue (IT), Donald Bates (Australia), Sergey Kuznetsov (Moscow Chief Architect), Peter Poulet (New South Wales State Architect, AU)), Horacio Werner (Cisco) y Margarita Jover.
Construction on the island is expected to begin in 2017, with a tentative completion date of 2027. Additional studies are currently underway to determine the design potential of other islands in the Haikou Bay. Hainan, an island in the South China with a population of 9 million people, was declared as an independent province in 1988 to become a tourism-oriented state and has seen many tourist-driven developments since.
The Broadgate Circle has been transformed into a new Civic hub at the heart of the Broadgate Estate. The changes dramatically improve and enrich the retail, civic and social amenity at Broadgate, whilst enhancing the original qualities of the space. The project integrates multiple functions including civic space, performance and events space, restaurants, cafes and bars all united by clear and direct circulation routes.
Built in the late 1980’s, The Broadgate Circle attracts a wide range of visitors throughout the year, particularly during the winter months for its famous ice rink. It is a highly regarded urban space, and all alterations to the existing arena have been proposed with a clear and concise rationale that is sensitive to the original concept. Built in the late 1980’s, it occupies an area of 6700sqm, adjacent to Liverpool Street Station and attracts a wide range of visitors throughout the year.
As a highly regarded urban space, the recent alterations to the Circle have been proposed with a clear and concise rationale. The changes have dramatically enhanced the amenity and civic provision, whilst celebrating the original qualities of the Circle.
One of the primary objectives was to reinvent the way people are drawn into the space by introducing a clear set of ingress and egress points. The southern entrance has been enhanced and now has clear and unobstructed sightlines to the North West exit, which leads on to Finsbury Avenue Square. Three new double-width staircases allow for easy movement between ground and lower ground levels.
Nestled within the 54 travertine columns is the reconstructed first floor restaurant, which is completely open beneath. It is now a wider, triple aspect unit with commanding views over the Circle. The first floor cantilevers forwards and backwards from the columns, benefiting from a refined structural strategy which transfers the additional loads back to the original columns.
The Circle is one of the best examples of the travertine use in the UK. The architectural detail and workmanship of the stone with interfacing materials is exemplary. Bronze anodised aluminium and Siberian larch have been used to complement the travertine, and the simple and elegant materials palette enhances the elegance of the Circle’s form and geometry