A distinct community within Miami’s patchwork of neighborhoods, Coconut Grove offers an alternative to metropolitan downtown. A new typology of living has emerged in the Grove – one deeply connected with the local community yet offering the intimacy of a private retreat. As the last developable site in a string of large scale condos, offices and hotel buildings along the main waterfront thoroughfare Bay Shore Drive, the site possesses great potential and difficulties. This rare break in an otherwise impenetrable wall of towers is the only remaining connection point between Coconut Grove’s community scale and a series of civic assets along Biscayne Bay. Located at the nexus of the Miami’s urban grid and the bay’s edge, the site has the unique potential to be a seamless connection between the city and coast.
OMA’s design inverts the local trend of high-density massing and establishes a new approach to vertical living more attuned to Coconut Grove. The site’s porosity was preserved by distributing 1 million square feet of living between three towers across a five acre lot. Residents maintain a connection to Coconut Grove’s lush natural setting as they arrive at the landscaped plinth and ascend to units that enjoy views of Biscayne Bay.
Photo credits: Hayes Davidson.