West Avenue in Miami Beach is set for a Jean Nouvel high rise surrounded by an elaborate man-made lagoon. The tower will be covered with suspended vegetation that, at least in renderings, casts the structure in a distinctly green hue.
This is Nouvel’s second attempt at building in the city after his Grove Heights project lost a competition in 2013.
“Monad Terrace” as the 14-story tower is known, is set to top out at 149 feet, just a hair below the city’s height limit of 150 feet.
Developers JDS also recruited Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design to work on the scheme which boasts a glass facade encircled by water and a green wall, covered in foliage on one side.
Inside, the structure will hold approximately 80 residential units that will offer two–five bedroom layouts, each with views out three or four sides of the building. Topping the structure are two penthouses, each with its own private pool.
To maintain privacy, reflective screens—that allow views out but obscure view in—sit in front windows, creating a staggered facade.
The lagoon, however, is the complex’s showpiece. Occupants can stroll up to seating in the middle and edges of the lagoon or take a dip in the swimming pool along the bay where a waterfall is planned. According to managing partner at JDS Development Group, Michael Stern, the pool will be visible from the bay.
It’s not all good news though. Elaborate water features may be easy on the eye, but rising sea levels are a very real threat to those along the coast on Miami’s South Beach. The issue surfaced late last year when The New Yorker published findings that said the idyllic retreats of the area could be underwater in under 50 years.
Nouvel’s design however, looks to be high and dry. “Our design is very conscious of what is going on to changes to the streets and concerns about sea level rise,” said Stern speaking to Curbed Miami. Monad Terrace will be the first building in the West Avenue vicinity to encompass the higher street level requirements.
Nouvel has been inclusive of the potential disastrous surroundings in his design. Landscaping dotted around the building can absorb water, meanwhile below street-level garages can act as water-tight “bathtubs.”
Speaking on the matter, Stern commented that “the landscape is designed that if any salt water intruded it is tough enough to live through that event.”