Owner & Developer: Sapir Corp
Main Contractor: AMJV
Architecture & Interior design: Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, Joseph Montaleone (Partner-in-Charge)
Executive architect: Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design
Lighting design: Lightchitects Studio
Landscape design: ENEA
Furnishings: B&B Italia
Kitchens: Poliform, Gaggenau
Bathrooms: Axor, EDM
Doors and windows: Schüco
Photo credits: Kris Tamburello
Sunny on the outside, with the waterfront of Surfside (the northern extension of Miami Beach) as a reflection. Sunny on the inside, thanks to a visionary design. Arte is a seaside apartment building conceived as a floating, light architectural presence by the interdisciplinary studio Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, in collaboration with Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design. A symmetrical volume between Collins Avenue and Atlantic Way, pivoting on a central east-west axis from which to extend horizontal overhangs (a series of terraces) for the length of the building, growing smaller with the 11 rising levels.
The protruding terraces are not only a tribute to outdoor living, dilating spaces and allowing light to flood the rooms of the 16 apartments; due to their pyramid arrangement, they become part of the urban fabric, allowing the structure to take an elegant ‘step back’ with respect to its surroundings. “We have created a building that emphasizes the very special relationship between the urban setting and the beach. Few buildings in Miami are able to do this,” says Patricia Viel.
The unobstructed views of the ocean are wide open from the interiors of the luxurious private residences, also thanks to sliding glass doors and a Shüco window system with bronze sections. The rooms are designed with discreet, informal elegance, where the use of fine materials creates an extremely sophisticated whole: travertine, both outside and inside, with rich grain and warm hues, bronze, wood, stone and glass.
“The interiors express a European sensibility – says Antonio Citterio – where discretion is combined with maximum functional quality.” Everything has been studied to encourage privacy between common areas and bedrooms, exploiting natural light and never limiting the ocean view. The flooring in European white oak, with 28-cm planks, balances the constant presence of the bronze frames and combines with the prestigious ipè wood parquet of the terraces.
The suspended island is the central feature of the kitchen, furnished with cabinets by Poliform in ash-color oak and tops in white marble with bronze contrasts, alongside Gaggenau appliances, including a full-height refrigerator-cellar.
The master bathrooms are genuine spas, with sculptural bathtubs carved by hand, furnishings in oak and marble, glass showers, floors and walls in travertine, though the designers have also added resort-quality features, such as a wellness center with a 23-meter indoor pool, a sauna, a steam room, a meditation pond and a two-story cascade. These are joined by fitness and recreation spaces with an outdoor pool, a tennis court and a clubhouse.
The elegant building offers an initial glimpse of what it has to offer straight from the lobby, which is furnished with pieces by B&B Italia designed by Antonio Citterio, with a work by the artist Olafur Eliasson, Polychromatic Chronology (2016), in a central position.