Faena House & District, Saxony Miami Beach: Koolhaas / Foster / Roman & Wiliams | Under Construction

Project Data:
Groundbreaking date: August 2012
Location: 3200 block of Collins Avenue, both east and west sides of the street
Developer: Alan Faena
Architect: Rem Koolhaas (OMA), Lord Norman Foster (Foster + Partners), Roman and Williams, Roy France (original)
Height: Multiple structures, maximum 16 floors
Units:
Contractor: Coastal Construction

 

Foster design:

 


 

 

 

 

 

Koolhaas design:




Some more renderings, via Raymond Jungles:






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from the Miami Herald in October:

A streamlined new beachfront condo tower on Collins Avenue some say is so good it could set a new high bar for luxe high-rise residential design in South Florida.

The firm of one of the most famous and prolific architects in the world, Sir Norman Foster — the British designer of the pickle-shaped, glass “Gherkin” tower in London and the new Two World Trade Center skyscraper — has produced plans for a tapered, oblong 16-story tower that’s part of ultra-arty Buenos Aires developer Alan Faena’s ambitious $350 million scheme to resuscitate the landmark Saxony Hotel. The tower will be raised on thin columns over a lily pond and extensive gardens designed by Miamian Raymond Jungles.

Just like Roy France’s design for the Saxony in 1948 signaled a turning point in Miami Beach’s architecture, from Art Deco to the more-severe, undecorated International Style, the new Foster + Partners tower could set a new high-water mark for adaptation of historic buildings in the city, Stuart said.

“The Saxony is a progressive statement about what can be done when given a bit of leeway,” Stuart said.
Wrapped almost entirely in broad, rounded, overhanging balconies that recall the verandas on cruise ships, the unfussy tower achieves a spare modernity while echoing its Deco — or more precisely, Streamline Moderne — predecessors as well as the deep balconies on the south side of the more-linear, mid-century Saxony.
“We were trying to capture a new image for South Beach and reinvent it for future buildings,” said Brandon Haw, Foster’s New York-based senior partner responsible for North America. “We didn’t want to overshadow the Saxony. That was important to how we articulated the building.”

Foster, known for high-tech, green-oriented designs, has designed the planned new Apple headquarters in California, famously put a glass dome on the Reichstag in Berlin, and designed a tower for Hearst publications in Manhattan that explodes like a geometric glass jack-in -the-box from a 1928 classically inspired stone base. At the Swiss Re “gherkin” tower in London, the glass exterior breathes to regulate the building’s core temperature.
Just so, at the Saxony addition, Haw said, the terrace-like verandas are shaped with the environment in mind: The building tapers as it rises, more sharply on the northeastern end, with the angle calculated to provide as much shade from the sun as possible as it moves from east to west during the day, he said. The rounded edges on overhangs were tested in a wind tunnel to mitigate high wind velocities.
“The esthetics come out of quite-stringent engineering principles,” Haw said.

The tower, which will be reviewed Oct. 12 by the city’s Historic Preservation Board, may also signal a revival of the high-end, haute-design condo market, at least on the Beach, propelled in large part by Latin American buyers.
Beside taking over the Saxony renovation, which stalled with the recession, Faena and his partners also purchased two properties across Collins Avenue, one vacant and the other with a historic but empty low-rise hotel. Faena said he is still working on ideas for those lots, but city planners say he envisions renovating the hotel and building a parking garage and retail center next to it.

“Miami is for us the door to get into the world,” said Faena, the fashion-entrepreneur-turned-developer who has redeveloped a chunk of Buenos Aires’ once-derelict and now-booming Puerto Madero, the city’s port district, with an unusual luxury hotel in a historic mill building, a new residential block, the Aleph, designed by Foster’s firm, and a just-opened art center. “Miami is where all Argentineans, Brazilians, Mexicans love to go. In a way it is our house.

“We said, if want to grow, let’s go to Miami. We found this fantastic piece of land and quietly we have been buying. Our dream is to do what we did here in Buenos Aires — create something really special working with the best minds in the world.”

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/26/v-fullstory/2436764/star-architects-rolling-into-miami.html

39 Comments

  1. sandman

    June 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Almost forgot about this…

    Sean has posted about this project and the Rem Koolhaas/OMA design.
    http://miami.curbed.com/archives/2012/06/06/koolhaas-and-foster-mean-starchitectomania-at-the-saxony.php

    I will be uploading (low quality) renderings shortly

    Here is an overview of the hotel/retail/ballroom/robotic garage going in across the street, designed by the Koolhaas firm:

  2. Sean

    June 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  3. sandman

    June 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks Sean.

    It certainly is something unique for Miami Beach.

  4. Afi K. James

    June 7, 2012 at 12:59 am

    This thing is just so nice.

  5. langbro

    June 7, 2012 at 5:30 am

    This building already exists:

    Looks like they are opening up the bottom and adding a rooftop garden.

  6. Sean

    June 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I reposted these renderings on Curbed yesterday. Spectacular. Thanks. I’m interested in any info available.

  7. sandman

    August 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    The building owner will be appearing before the MB Historic Preservation Board on Tuesday August 14, with a modification of the plan for the restoration of the old Saxony tower.

    The plans were prepared by NY design firm Roman and Williams.

    Miami Beach staff are recommending approval.

  8. miami beach

    August 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Coastal Construction has been awarded the Saxony and has started work at the project.

  9. sandman

    August 15, 2012 at 12:00 am

    miami beach, post: 1723, member: 164 wrote: Coastal Construction has been awarded the Saxony and has started work at the project.

    Does the contract include renovation of the existing tower plus the new tower?

    What about that Atlantic and adjacent new buildings across the street?

  10. sandman

    August 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Title updated to reflect under construction status, and updated in our 2012 Index: All Major Miami Projects Prepping Or Under Construction

    Accoording to developer Alan Faena, the project has a 20 month construction timeline.

    This is an enormous project that includes both new construction and historic restoration that will change the entire area.

  11. langbro

    August 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    sandman, post: 1686, member: 1 wrote: The building owner will be appearing before the MB Historic Preservation Board on Tuesday August 14, with a modification of the plan for the restoration of the old Saxony tower.

    The plans were prepared by NY design firm Roman and Williams.

    Miami Beach staff are recommending approval.

    Roman and Williams are also designing the interior of the new Freehand Miami hostel a few blocks away, formerly the Indian Creek Hotel

    http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/first-look-the-freehand-miami-beach/

  12. Sean

    August 22, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I am VERY interested in finding Roman & Williams’ plans or renderings for either property, for publication on Curbed Miami. Additionally, I am interested in any new information or materials related to the entire Faena Saxony project. Here is the Curbed Miami coverage of the Saxony so far:
    http://miami.curbed.com/tags/saxony-hotel

    I have also done a post about the Freehand Miami today.

  13. langbro

    August 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    For the first time, there has been some activity this week on the Atlantic property (the Koolhaas side) although for now it is just construction fencing.

  14. langbro

    September 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    It appears that they are currently ripping out the foundation work that was done for the old Cipriani tower, to allow for construction of the Norman Foster tower.

  15. miami beach

    September 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Contracts include renovatiuon of the existing Saxony, construction of the new condominium tower, construction of the new parking garage, tunnel and relocation of the small existing building to the west.

  16. sandman

    September 19, 2012 at 4:15 am

    miami beach, post: 1983, member: 164 wrote: tunnel and relocation of the small existing building to the west.

    Fascinating, I am curious as to how exactly they are going to do this.

  17. Sean

    September 20, 2012 at 4:53 am

    I’m dying for plans of the Koolhaas and Foster structures, as well as renderings of the Roman and Williams stuff.

  18. sandman

    October 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    The Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board approved the latest Roman and Williams revisions to the Saxony yesterday.

    Faena is working on a deal with the city to build the tunnel under 34th street between the Koolhaas structureswhich will require commission approval.

    As part of the deal they will also fund the removal of the wooden boardwalk behind the property, and replacement with an at grade beachwalk. This is similar to deals that the city has with the W Hotel (complete), Seville and Eden Roc (under construction).

  19. Felipe Azenha

    October 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

    The tunnel idea is awful. It will just become a urinal for the homeless and a great place to do drugs. Collins Avenue is owned by the FDOT so the developer would have to work with the FDOT and not the city to dig a tunnel. The developer should be pushing the city and the FDOT to make Collins Avenue more pedestrian friendly.

  20. Sean

    October 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Felipe, it’s probably going to be a tunnel from one hotel lobby to another, not the kind of public tunnel that you’re thinking of. Basically, a private tunnel for the hotel. I doubt anyone will do drugs there.

    Felipe Azenha, post: 2205, member: 118 wrote: The tunnel idea is awful. It will just become a urinal for the homeless and a great place to do drugs. Collins Avenue is owned by the FDOT so the developer would have to work with the FDOT and not the city to dig a tunnel. The developer should be pushing the city and the FDOT to make Collins Avenue more pedestrian friendly.

  21. yellows2k

    October 26, 2012 at 12:41 am

    The “Permit Doctor” says that he is working on this case

  22. Sean

    October 30, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Does anybody have floor plans?

  23. langbro

    November 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Looks like there is a new crane on site as of yesterday

  24. Sean

    November 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    They’re building a cabaret, screening room, and recording studio inside
    http://miami.curbed.com/archives/2012/11/13/saxony-cabaret.php

  25. langbro

    December 3, 2012 at 5:09 am

  26. langbro

    December 4, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Also forgot to mention: You cannot see in the above photographs, but they are driving pilings for the new Lord Norman Foster tower.

  27. yellows2k

    December 5, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Alan Faena, The Developer Behind The $550M Revival Of Miami’s Saxony Hotel

    The man behind one of Miami’s most ambitious real estate and architectural projects, the revival of the Saxony Hotel, finally opened up about the project. Alan Faena, the developer which counts with the support of billionaire Len Blavatnik, is set to revolutionize the Miami beachfront with the Faena Saxony, featuring the work of all-star architects Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaus.

    The project has been surrounded by a shroud of mystery since day one, a mystery that characterizes Faena himself. “I’m working on one of the best projects in all of the Americas,” Faena told Forbes, “we are creating a whole district,” he added.

    The $550 million project resembles what Faena did in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Puerto Madero, where he took a set of rundown buildings and created a thriving neighborhood that counts with some of the city’s most expensive and luxurious hotels and apartments. “We don’t just develop this, we also deliver product, service, we operate, and so we give this project soul,” explained Faena.

    “We are creating a neighborhood here, a five block district that will include the best residential building, […] a theatre, a cultural center, and a parking garage,” Faena confirmed. What differentiates Faena’s from other mega-projects going up in Miami is that this is “the first time something so spectacular comes from the South.” Miami, he said “is our door to the North,” to which he wants to bring “a concept that has never been offered here.” Faena, as Curbed put it, “as grand conductor of his architectural orchestra, will then have built a campus of architectural fantasias.”

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/afontevecchia/2012/12/04/alan-faena-the-developer-behind-the-550m-revival-of-miamis-saxony-hotel/

  28. langbro

    December 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    More images leaking out

  29. langbro

    December 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I believe that the sign in front now also says that Studio Job is part of the team

  30. Aerial Photography Inc

    December 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Aerials taken 12/19/12

  31. sandman

    January 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Faena has released a series of videos which describe the efforts of ‘the collaboratory’ in designing Faena House Miami Beach

    [vimeo id=”56331444″]
    [vimeo id=”56331724″][vimeo id=”56333198″][vimeo id=”56333838″][vimeo id=”56334134″]

  32. langbro

    January 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

  33. Felipe Azenha

    January 8, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Anyone know who is leading sales for Faena House?

  34. langbro

    February 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm

  35. sandman

    April 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm

  36. sandman

    May 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    More images of the Foster tower:





  37. sandman

    May 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    The first of two tower construction cranes for the Foster designed Saxony condo tower was installed last week.
    The condo tower will rise to a height of 222′.

    More images of the tower posted above.

  38. langbro

    May 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Another rendering (of the Koolhaas side) via the Faena group, robo-garage in front:

  39. langbro

    May 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Crane installed:



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