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Stacked balconies wrap Antonio Citterio's Arte tower in Miami Beach
London, United Kingdom
Media, Architecture, Interior Design
Kristine Klein
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Miami, Florida, Miami Beach, Balconies, Terraces, Multi-Family Housing, Residential Design, Condomium, Beachfront, Waterfront, Oceanfront
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2020-06-02 03:16:42
2020-06-02 03:29:48
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Italian architect Antonio Citterio has completed an apartment building with stone and glass balconies that overlook Miami Beach.

Marking Citterio's first project in the US, Arte is a 12-storey residential tower with 16 units located on a one-acre (0.4-hectare) plot in Miami Beach's Surfside neighbourhood.

Citterio, co-founder of Italian studio Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, worked with Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design on the project, and first unveiled the design in 2016.

Arte has an unusual shape, which widens towards its centre and then narrow at its top, and is accentuated by glazed balconies with Roman travertine bottoms. The terraces form expansive outdoor living areas for each unit, which are in turn shaded by the floor above.

"The most iconic feature of the building – extruded horizontal terraces – are stacked in a visionary but also highly functional way," the studio said on its website. "They create exceptional outdoor spaces and lounge areas, extending the exquisite interior design to the outside."

Arte, which is named after the sculptural facade, joins a number of housing projects with bold balconies where residents can enjoy fresh air. Others include an apartment block in Austria with zigzagging terraces and a skinny building in Mexico with angled outdoor areas.

The walls of the residences are glazed and detailed with bronze mullions that form a grid pattern across the surface.

A model apartment in the building was furnished by Hallock Design to add to Citterio's design. Finishes in the unit include travertine walls and tiling in the bathroom, a marble backsplash in the kitchen and wood-panelled walls and cabinetry.

Large windows wrap around each of the apartment's main living spaces to provide views of the ocean and city landscapes. Indoor living spaces extend to the outside through large glass doors that open to the wood decks that extrude from the building's exterior.

Amenities of the building include an outdoor swimming pool and beachfront meditation pond. Inside there is a 75-foot-long (23-metre-long) swimming pool, several lounges, fitness centre, yoga studio and sauna room.

American artist Robert Indiana's "ART" sculpture is situated outside the building's front entrance and work by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson composed of coloured spheres hangs in the lobby.

Several seating areas separated by monolithic black volumes are located along the lobby corridor. Each of the lounges features a yellow carpet and beige sofa accented by bright orange cushions and stools.

Gridded windows span the lobby walls to reveal the lush greenery around the property curated by international landscape architecture firm Enzo Enea.
Organizations Mentioned: (5)
Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel
Milan, Italy
Architecture, Interiors, Urban Design, Products, Furniture
Rapperswil–Jona, Schweiz, Switzerland
Landscape Architecture
Hallock Design Group
Miami, Florida, USA
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Genoa, Italy, Italy
Zaha Hadid Architects
London, United Kingdom