Three massive towers to rise beside arts center
Written by John Charles Robbins on September 22, 2015
The Related Group is bringing another triple tower project to Miami’s urban skyline, this one right next door to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
As a bonus to adding to the city’s burgeoning arts district, the project will bring a nearly 40-foot sculpture to anchor the corner of Northeast 14th Street and Biscayne Boulevard.
The development will rise on an L-shaped parcel at about 1400 Biscayne Blvd.
To be called Auberge Residences & Spa Miami, the mixed-use project includes 1,430 residences, a shared podium providing several layers of parking for 1,629 cars, and about 14,080 square feet of retail space spread among the three tower bases.
Two towers are designed at 59 stories, and the third at 48.
Miami-based architectural firm Arquitectonica designed the project. Bernardo Fort-Brescia, founding principal of Arquitectonica, explained details of the project to the city’s Urban Development Review Board on Sept. 16.
The board recommended approval of the project.
The site is bordered on the north by Northeast 15th Street, and the west by Northeast Second Avenue. Taking up the rest of the block, on the southwest corner, is a 36-story mixed-use residential project from Melo Group called Melody Tower, currently under construction.
Attorney Iris Escarra, representing Related, talked to the board about waivers requested for the Auberge project, including a 30% reduction in required parking and a 27-foot setback on a corner where 30 is required.
The developer is allowed under the Miami 21 zoning code to ask for a reduction of parking because the site is within a quarter mile of a Metrorail station and within two blocks of a Metromover station, she explained.
The overall site plan is designed to “enhance the pedestrian realm,” said Ms. Escarra, and the entire block will be pedestrian-friendly when built out.
Mr. Fort-Brescia echoed that, saying the project is important because it’s one of the first to capitalize of the arts center locating in the neighborhood.
“That’s been lagging for some time,” he said.
“We’re going to bring residents to the neighborhood and activity on the ground floor,” Mr. Fort-Brescia said.
Patrons of the arts center will have a place to dine after a show, he said.
The project includes a lavish pool deck above the parking podium. The towers have two-story penthouses.
Board member Dean B. Lewis complimented Related and called the project “ambitious.”
A unique element is the sculpture, described as a monumental piece said to “instill a sense of peace.”
A representative for Related said the company feels a civic responsibility to provide public art as part of its projects.
Titled “Look Into My Dreams, Awilda,” the stark white resin sculpture is the head of young Dominican girl. The piece today is in Chicago’s Millennium Park. It is expected to be transported to Miami in December, where it will be temporarily located in Museum Park until its final home is ready at Auberge.
Carlos Rosso of Related spoke glowingly of the Auberge, saying it will be “hopefully the first of many developments to the west side of Biscayne Boulevard.”
He indicated that additional growth and development could come to the neighborhood drawn by the promise of a new “signature” bridge leading to the MacArthur Causeway.
Board member Anthony E. Tzamtzis said the Auberge project is “very interesting – very well done.”