says. “Piero Lissoni is our interior designer, and Enzo Enea is creating the landscape design. Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica has done the building itself. Miami has become a global city, and the Oceana team is perfect for a project with global ambitions.” Aside from serving as an ideal showcase for contemporary art, Oceana Bal Harbour, which is set back from Collins Avenue, is a thoughtful structure in all respects: The garage is underground, which beautifies and cools the property, and the entire project is LEED certified. The 28-story building is parallel to the ocean and Biscayne Bay, situated on a 5.5-acre site with 400 feet of beachfront. The central breezeway of the building, which connects the ocean and the bay, is 50 feet wide and 60 feet tall. Apart from opening up the property and creating a sustainable outdoor meeting space, the breezeway serves as a choice setting for a Koons sculpture,
which will be visible from Collins Avenue. Pluto and Proserpina—one of two Koons pieces for which Costantini put up $14 million—will be displayed in the breezeway’s reflecting pool. Before it lands in its permanent home, the larger-than-life sculpture is traveling the globe as part of “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective.” A centerpiece of the retrospective, Pluto and Proserpina began its journey at the Whitney in New York. The sculpture is on view at Paris’ Centre Pompidou through April 27 before moving on to the Guggenheim in Bilbao in June. In 2016, coinciding with the opening of Oceana Bal Harbour, Pluto and Proserpina will be unveiled at the condomimium, along with another Koons sculpture, Ballerina. (Ballerina will be on display at Costantini’s MALBA in May.) For Costantini, giving residents joint ownership of the art collection at Oceana Bal
Harbour is a continuation of his belief in the unifying power of contemporary art. “Within Miami, a city that is becoming an art center, we are located within a neighborhood, Bal Harbour, where art is especially important,” he says. “The art collection at Oceana will also establish a sense of community, which is an important aspect of all my projects.” When architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia became involved with the project, he knew art would be a primary element from the getgo. “Eduardo was looking to create a sister project to Oceana Key Biscayne with major exterior art pieces,” Fort-Brescia says. So Fort-Brescia carefully designed a space that would let the work shine. “From the beginning, we were keen to create a minimalist design solution, going back to the principles of ‘less is more,’” he says. “There’s a conceptual clarity in the creation of simple volumes, and this creates an ideal setting for the exterior artwork. ONELIFE
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