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BIG reveals its twist on high-rise housing in Miami

World-renowned Danish practice BIG has been appointed to a major residential project in Miami

The Grove at Grand Bay scheme will see two 20-storey towers built on the Coconut Grove Waterfront in the South Florida city.

Developer Terra Group is seeking a LEED silver rating for the towers, which will include 96 apartments with panoramic views.

BIG founding partner Bjarke Ingels said: ‘Miami has developed a contemporary condominium vernacular that combines brise soleil style balcony shading with floor-to-ceiling windows in order to best enjoy the panoramic water views of the area.

‘We propose to elaborate on these indigenous elements and continue the evolution of the local condominium architecture.’ 

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BIG will work with other practices including Raymond Jungles and Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates on the scheme.

The Danish design firm said the gardens and architecture would fuse seamlessly at amenity levels, maximising indoor/outdoor living.

Interior design of the individual units will be ‘refined towards minimalism and luxury’, it added.

The towers will be located on the former site of the Grand Bay Hotel, close to Miami’s airport and downtown area.

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Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.

Pedro Martin, chairman and chief executive of Terra Group, said: ‘Grove at Grand Bay’s impressive aesthetic and unparalleled service are tantamount to the evolution of Coconut Grove.’

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