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Starchitecture Firm Awarded Coconut Grove Project

Starchitecture – yes that is a term now. It refers to architecture firms or architects that have star power – and that’s what South Floridians are getting with the firm selected to design the mysterious condo project on the previous Coconut Grove bank site.


The New York Times announced that after a 4-way competition, the winner is the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Many specifics have not been shared although some designs will be on display during Art Basel. Here are the tidbits that were shared by

“OMA’s winning proposal was for six towers, with each building housing just one or two units per floor. “So each apartment has almost 360-degree views, which is representative of the Coconut Grove style, where the inside and outside is intimately interlocked,” Mr. Shigematsu said. “The homes are like stacked villas, very different from an apartment where you are always sandwiched between two walls and have only one direction to look at.”Under the proposal, added Jorge M. Pérez, the founder and chairman of the Related Group, “all of the units have private elevators, and they did a series of openings so that light comes in from everywhere — maximizing not just the view but also the light.”

Typically, an architect’s original proposal is not what gets built, and this development is no different. As it now stands, the working plan calls for only two to three residential towers, with units that range from 2,500 square feet to 3,500 square feet and are priced from $2 million to $4.5 million. Penthouse units will be larger and have higher prices.”

I for one am looking forward to this unique albeit quintessential Coconut Grove residential project.