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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.

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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.

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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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