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Meier reveals Miami surf club addition

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Richard Meier & Partners has revealed designs for its addition to The Surf Club in Miami

The New York-based practice, in conjunction with Miami’s Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design, has created a hotel and private homes to be run by hospitality company Four Seasons.

Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club will have 80 rooms, and incorporate a historic building designed by Russell Pancoast.

Surf Club Four Seasons Private Residences will comprise 150 homes in two 12-storey towers.

The Surf Club was founded at Surfside, Florida, by Harvey Firestone in 1930. It includes 294m of Atlantic oceanfront on a 3ha site.

The new project is Richard Meier & Partners’ first in the Miami area.

Bernhard Karpf, associate partner at the practice, said: ‘The main challenge of the project is to balance the relationship between the existing courtyard typology of the historic Surf Club and the new vertical buildings of the residential and hotel complex surrounding the Surf Club.’

Karpf said the unifying strategy was to consistently introduce natural light, and to establish visual corridors connecting the old and new buildings.

Richard Meier added: ‘The Surf Club offers a unique opportunity to create an important addition to the built environment, one which affects a balance between the natural beauty of the expansive oceanfront site, and the desire for a new definition of luxury.’

Construction is due for completion in early 2016.

British practices Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects both revealed schemes in Miami last year.

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