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A-list ensemble picked for Faena’s Miami beach development

21 January 2014 No Comment

An all-star group of architects, artists and celebrities has joined together to rejuvenate Miami Beach.

The ensemble – which includes Australian film director Baz Luhrmann and architecture heavyweights Foster + Partners – is seeking to channel the glamour of the 1920s, creating a cultural hub for the city, according to archdaily.com.


Developments include Faena House – named after the Argentine developer behind the project, Alan Faena – a residential tower designed by Foster + Partners. The 18-storey condo houses 47 luxury residences, each offering panoramic views of the ocean.

Miami is leading the way with all-star architecture

Other projects include a Koolhaas/OMA-designed art center that looks likely to house exhibitions from prominent modern artists and the redevelopment of a 1940s hotel.

A-list director/screenwriter Baz Luhrmann has joined forces with his wife and ‘Great Gatsby’ producer, Catherine Martin, to reinvigorate the once great Saxony Hotel, adding multiple restaurants and a cabaret. Hotel design might be a new foray for the couple, but Martin is an accomplished costume and set designer with two Academy Awards under her belt.

The pair could be in line to start a new trend for 2014, as telegraph.co.uk has dubbed it the year that celebrities boost their intellectual credentials by getting involved in the built environment.


Faena’s vision is just one of the many developments assisted by European architects. Zaha Hadid, Bjarke Ingels Group and Herzog & de Meuron have all publicised their residential designs for Miami. It seems that the city is hoping to lead the way when it comes to all-star architecture.

Author: Sarah Howard    Date Written: 21 January 2013

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