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Old July 6th, 2013, 08:19 AM   #1
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MIAMI BEACH | Faena House | 16 fl | T/O


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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.”

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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.

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Old July 6th, 2013, 08:21 AM   #2
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Additional renders plus a floorplan:

























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Old July 6th, 2013, 09:39 AM   #3
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What a beauty hope they start to build it soon...please keep updating.
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Old July 9th, 2013, 04:52 AM   #4
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very beautiful
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Old July 9th, 2013, 09:52 AM   #5
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Amazing building!
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Old July 9th, 2013, 01:14 PM   #6
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Construction underway:


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Old December 10th, 2013, 07:13 AM   #7
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Goldman Sachs Boss Among Faena House Buyers


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Goldman Sachs Group CEO Lloyd Blankfein and Apollo Global Management co-founder Leon Black are believed to be early condo buyers at the $1 billion Faena Miami Beach mixed-use development.

Blankfein and Black are among the first group of buyers for the high-end 18-story Faena House condo tower, Bloomberg reported. Units at Faena House are priced between $3 million and $50 million. The broader development includes two luxury hotels and a cultural center designed by prominent architect Rem Koolhaas.

Buenos Aires-based Alan Faena, the project developer, hosted an exclusive party for art collectors, business partners and other VIPs at the development site during Art Basel Miami Beach. Guests included Leonardo DiCaprio and film mogul Harvey Weinstein.
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Old December 27th, 2013, 08:30 PM   #8
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Even marketing materials for Faena Miami Beach have the Baz Luhrmann touch.

The acclaimed director and his Academy Award-winning wife Catherine Martin are collaborating with Argentinian developer Alan Faena on the repositioning of the former Saxony Hotel as part of the larger mixed-use development planned for several blocks along Collins Avenue. Luhrmann directed and appears in a promotional video for the project. During the short video produced by Tandem Pictures, Luhrmann and Faena discuss the developer’s overall vision for that section of Miami Beach.

Luhrmann, who most recently directed “The Great Gatsby,” and Martin were part of an A-list dinner at the Faena site during Art Basel Miami Beach. The event attracted real estate heavyweights like New York’s Robert Futterman. — Eric Kalis

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Old February 21st, 2014, 03:06 AM   #10
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Miami Beach condo project scores $300M loan

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In one of the biggest post-recession loans of the new Miami condo boom, Faena Group and Access Industries scored a $300 million mortgage for their project in Miami Beach.

Akerman LLP attorneys Neisen Kasdin, Steve Wernick, Daniel Faust, Russell Hale, Adam Zwecker, Stacy Bercun Bohm and Leslie Miller worked to secure the mortgage from HSBC Bank USA. While Akerman was the lead Florida counsel, New York firm Willkie Farr LLP also represented Faena Group.

The loan will fund the Saxony Hotel and Faena House in Miami Beach. Faena and Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries bought a $100 million property in September to round out about five blocks of land holdings at Collins Avenue and 34th Street. They plan to build more than 1 million square feet.
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Old February 22nd, 2014, 07:46 PM   #11
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Love the shape of this building, especially the rounded corners. The white colour stands out beautifully against the water.
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 12:21 PM   #12
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Looks quite futuristic, like something out of a sci-fi
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 04:43 PM   #13
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Really nice.
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Old February 26th, 2014, 08:05 PM   #14
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Streamline Moderne has finally become popular again. This is like the new developments in Berlin, but of far higher quality, and Foster really knows his detailing!
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Old March 10th, 2014, 12:24 AM   #15
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Oh beautiful! The faena buildings in Buenos Aires are so expensive!
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Old March 10th, 2014, 03:07 AM   #16
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these balconies are awesome....
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Old March 12th, 2014, 01:47 AM   #17
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Rising fast:


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Faena Really Is Building Himself A Kingdom In Miami Beach



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Construction continues at the Faena District Miami Beach, that glorious and mysterious wonderland that Argentinian developer Alan Faena is building in Mid Beach. Wallpaper* Magazine tracked the developer down, somehow got some great new imagery of the project out of him (a mixture of old and new, actually) with new design details by Antwerp-based Studio Jobs and others, and was able to ask him a few (three) questions, to which he gave charming if not overly specific replies. Here is basically what he said, paraphrased of course:

1) Why Miami? "Often a place finds you, rather than you finding it." He had a chance to buy the Saxony Hotel two years ago and it just kind of snowballed from there.

2) Why build on such a large scale? He loves to change an entire neighborhood.

3) Does Faena Miami Beach have a Latin flavor? Yes, in some ways, with the wrap-around balconies called aleros, and the lifestyle they're going for. Oh, and "Faena Miami Beach is a country, with a flag, a coat of arms and heraldic symbols [all designed by Studio Job]. It will change Miami Beach forever."
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The district's robotic parking garage is being designed by Rem Koolhaas and OMA.



A working maquette of the "curated retail space" of the project, the Faena Bazaar. also by Rem Koolhaas/OMA. (Now U/C)





The Faena Marina, on Indian Creek, will provide dockage for the project's residents and hotel guests.



The Faena District's arts center, by Rem Koolhaas/OMA.



The 1950s addition to the Versailles Hotel will be demolished to make room for a tower designed by Thomas Heatherwick, who will work on the original Versailles tower as well.



The interior of the old Saxony Hotel is still a gutted shell but will be fancifully created by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin




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Gaining altitude: http://www.exmiami.org/index.php/nor...na-miami-beach

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I would love too adopt that beautiful baby.
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