August 17, 2016—Terra Group and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) announced the completion of the Grove at Grand Bay in Miami, a new multifamily development of two twisting towers, on Monday. The towers comprise 98 condominiums ranging from 1,300 square feet to 10,000 square feet, with related amenities such as spa, pet spa, fitness center, concierge, and private dining room, within buildings designed to meet LEED Gold certification standards.
December 7, 2012—Set to break ground at the end of 2012, the BIG-designed Grove at Grand Bay residences are making waves in Miami’s South Bayshore Drive neighborhood. Working with Raymond Jungles, Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, Esrawe, DeSimone Consulting Engineers, and HNGS Engineers, the New York- and Copenhagen-based architecture firm developed a scheme for two twisting 20-story towers, comprising 96 apartments, in landscaped grounds on the former site of the Grand Bay Hotel. The towers’ concrete slabs are designed to cantilever well past the perimeter of the apartment floors in order to accommodate deep balconies and to shade the fully-glazed, 12-foot-high window walls on each apartment level. Developed by the Terra Group, the Grove at Grand Bay is targeting LEED Silver certification, and a completion date in 2014.
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One of Miami’s most historic neighborhoods has a new architectural icon to call its own. Construction of Grove at Grand Bay, Terra’s new Bjarke Ingels-designed development in Coconut Grove, is now complete as residents take ownership of their units, begin interior build-outs, and prepare to move-in this fall. The sold-out development, comprising of two twisting 20-story glass towers that mark Ingels’ first completed condominium design in the U.S., has helped lead the rejuvenation of Coconut Grove’s business district, which is coming alive with upscale retailers and restaurants ahead of new residents moving in.
Located at 2675 and 2669 South Bayshore Drive, Grove at Grand Bay becomes the first new residential towers to be completed in Coconut Grove in more than 10 years. The development overlooks Biscayne Bay and the newly-developed Regatta Park – with views stretching to Key Biscayne, downtown Miami and Miami Beach. Coconut Grove’s business district, home to Miami’s most popular cafés, lounges, bookstores and boutiques, is within walking distance.
“Coconut Grove is one of Miami’s most storied neighborhoods and Grove at Grand Bay represents another chapter in that story,” says Terra President David Martin, who co-developed the project alongside his father Terra CEO Pedro Martin. “A sanctuary for artists, writers and unconventional thinkers, the Grove has a long history of challenging the status quo – much the same way Grove at Grand Bay is changing the way Miami thinks about design. We planned and developed this building with the goal of adding value to our neighborhood, so we’re proud that Coconut Grove is enjoying a resurgence while remaining mindful of its colorful past.”
Terra, which has been one of South Florida’s most active development firms over the past 15 years, assembled an international design team to bring the project to life. Leading the charge was Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his studio, BIG. Ingels blends the development with its Coconut Grove surroundings, characterized by organic forms including the water and dense foliage. Outdoor spaces provide the focal point for the property’s common areas and individual units feature expansive outside living areas, including 12-foot-deep balconies.
“Coconut Grove is a special place with a well-defined soul, so it was important that Grove at Grand Bay respond to its community through a design that was respectful and distinctive,” explains architect Bjarke Ingels. “By creating twisting towers that rise side-by-side but never cross paths, we were able to optimize views, outdoor spaces and the flexibility of our floor plans while allowing the buildings to interact with one another.”
Grove at Grand Bay’s landscape architecture is the brainchild of Miami designer Raymond Jungles, who uses simple-yet-detailed hardscape elements created by Ingels as the backdrop for a program including nearly 500 trees, more than 15,000 plants, and numerous water features. The result is a lushly-landscaped campus that echoes the natural aura of Coconut Grove and promotes sustainability, with Grove at Grand Bay poised to become the first all-residential tower to achieve LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status in Florida.
“Our team at Raymond Jungles created a garden that complements Grove at Grand Bay’s architecture, pays homage to the spirit of Coconut Grove, and provides comfort and shade for residents and their guests,” says Raymond Jungles. “My home is in Coconut Grove, so this project was personal to me and will be part of my daily experience.”
Grove at Grand Bay launched in 2012 and became an instant favorite of international and domestic buyers in the market for spectacular design, panoramic views and personalized amenities in a walkable, urban setting. Since then, more than half of the sold-out development’s 98 units have been purchased by U.S.-based buyers, including a significant number of South Florida residents transitioning from single family homes to high-rise living. Miami’s premier residential real estate brokerage, Cervera Real Estate, is managing sales for the property.
“We were first attracted to the idea that Grove at Grand Bay is a spectacular building that offers a refuge while still being in the heart of Miami. This development takes you outside the chaos and electricity of Miami and sets you down in a neighborhood. It’s a brilliant building in an idyllic place,” says buyer Gary Wasserman, a Detroit-based art gallerist and philanthropist who divides his time between Michigan, New York and Florida.
Complementing the designs of Ingels and Jungles will be an extensive art collection, valued at more than $1.2 million, featuring original works by Alice Aycock, Tara Donovan, Gim Hong-Sok, Jim Drain, Olafur Eliasson, Cerith Wyn, Jeppe Hein, Nathan Mabry, Geoff McFetridge, Pedro Reyes, Pae White and Antonia Wright.
Amenities on-property include rooftop pools for residents of each tower, a five-star spa and fitness center, full-time concierge and butler service, a private dining room for residents and their guests, and a pet spa. Residences range in size from 1,300 square-feet to a 10,000 square-foot full-floor penthouse with an additional 5,000 square-feet of outdoor space, including a rooftop terrace and private pool. Those totaling more than 4,000 square-feet are accompanied by private 2-car garages, with the South Tower penthouse accompanied by a private 4-car garage. All units feature 12-foot high ceilings and glass doors.
The project has been recognized with a number of honors and awards for its achievements in development, construction quality and engineering excellence, including the National Council of Structural Engineers Association’s (NCSEA) 2015 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award, the Concrete Industry Board’s (CIB) 2015 Award of Merit, and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York’s 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards.