Grove at Grand Bay – BIG Thinks Out of The Box

By iCoconutGrove


Where’s the best place to be when you’re on a tropical vacation? Why, right near  the beach, and in Coconut Grove of course. The quest for a “waterfront view” has led thousands of  hotels and stores to scoop up real estate just steps from the sand. While this  proximity makes it easy to take a moonlight stroll on the beach, it creates  shorelines crowded with skyscrapers that block the views for others. But Bjarke Ingels, one of our favorite outside-the-box architects, doesn’t believe that  first come, first served should apply to smart ocean-front construction. BIG recently unveiled plans for The Grove at Grand Bay:  two luxury condominium towers that employ a spiraling design to give all inhabitants a breathtaking view of Coconut Grove, Miami’s Grand Bay and  the surrounding city.

Most beachfront hotels and condominium towers employ a traditional box-like design. While this is efficient, it means only rooms on one side of the building  get access to unrestricted views of the ocean scenery. BIG‘s dynamic design shakes off this limitation by twisting  the building around so that optimum views are provided at virtually every  level.

The spiraling towers will sprout from a foundation of lush greenery and  quickly exceed the height of surrounding structures. The interactive movement of  the two towers creates a dancing silhouette on the Grove’s skyline.  Sparkling floor-to-ceiling glass windows will allow residents to feel immersed  in the coastal views from every direction. Interiors feature open-plan  kitchens with gas stoves, sculptural bathrooms and finishes in keystone, marble  and wood. Floor plans come in two, three, four and five-bedroom varieties.

Although the cost for owning or renting one of these luxurious condos will  likely put Coco out of reach for many of Miami’s visitors, it’s nice to know  that the designers still did everything they could to reduce the environmental  impact of the new construction. Giant fig trees and gumbo limbos already growing  on the grounds were incorporated into the canopied landscape plan created by  noted Miami landscape architect Raymond  Jungles. With a high percentages of renewable energy sources and recycled  and local materials, the project is even aiming for LEED  Gold certification. When the towers open in 2014, their total impact will be  less than the site’s previous hotel.

Read more:  BIG Unveils Plans For Luxurious LEED GOLD Coconut Grove Condominiums With a (Literal) Twist Coconut Grove at Grand Bay Towers by BIG – Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

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