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Inside Oceana The inspiration behind the design

Few, if any, sites in Miami offer the luxury of space, light, air, greenery and beachfront, and architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia took full advantage of Oceana’s circumstances. “The most unique aspect of Oceana is the amount of open space, a park surrounding the building,” he says. “Waterfront sites for residential towers in Miami are often perpendicular to the ocean, but Oceana is parallel to the beach, with units having direct views of the ocean. In many cases, units have dual views of the ocean and the yacht basin on Biscayne Bay.” Those ocean views—along with the location’s warm weather and abundance of light—had a big influence on Fort-Brescia’s design. “Our first focus was on broad terraces that could accommodate an array of furniture—outdoor living is the ultimate luxury,” he says. “We then sought to connect the interior spaces with the exterior decks, using large glass panels that could slide open. It’s important to bring in as much natural light as possible into the spaces, [but] in line with sustainable thinking about construction, we protected the glass surfaces from direct sunlight; the balcony overhangs are continuous.” In line with Oceana Bal Harbour being a LEED-certified project, Enzo Enea’s landscape design creates comfortable microclimates with native plant materials and plants that require less maintenance and water usage, allowing for a more sustainable approach to landscape design. “The plants we’re using,” Enea explains, “include sea grape, wild tamarind and fakahatchee grass. These plants will not only thrive in this extreme beach environment but will also be used for a series of comfortable outdoor rooms, blurring the boundaries between inside and outside.”

a private oceanfront unit with viewing deck at oceana bal harbour; (below) the pool at oceana bal harbour

“The two gently curving towers are connected by a glass bridge,” he continues, “creating a breezeway of monumental proportions. This grand-scale gateway dramatizes the connection between the land and the ocean. The tall and broad arch sits in perfect alignment with an inland linear park, connecting the entrance of Oceana with the Bal Harbour yacht basin. The combined elements of the arch and the park result in an urban design statement of seldom-seen dimensions. And, of course, the gateway is a perfect setting for Jeff Koons.” To showcase the art and architecture, Costantini and Fort-Brescia relied on Enea 36


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ONE Life | Spring 2015 Issue  

The propriertary lifestyle magazine of ONE Sotheby's International Realty.