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Grove at Grand Bay by Bjarke Ingels Group

During Miami Art Week, Bjarke Ingels Group debuted the new twisting and turning Grove at Grand Bay residence complex.

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Photography by Rasmus Hjortshoj

Twist, turn, spin, snake, roll, gyrate, contort and bend are all adjectives that can describe Bjarke Ingels Group’s recently completed Grove at Grand Bay. Two new helix-shaped towers perch high above the cultivated coastline of Miami’s affluent Coconut Grove neighbourhood. The matching monoliths create a compelling dialogue with the main city’s skyline, a few miles north. A far cry for the standard Postmodern condominium block that lines much of Florida’s shore, the new residence complex pushes engineering limits to new heights. By employing vertical support beams and a solid core, each mounting floor pivots a few degrees. Sweeping vistas are never obstructed. By the 20th floor, the stacked towers have swivelled close to a 45-degree angle. Both are strategically offset as to offer optimal ocean views. 96 generously proportioned loft-like residences feature 12-feet (3.6-metres) heigh-ceilings, fully-glazed wrap-around glass walls, four-sided balconies and direct elevator access. Specially-appointed penthouses have access to private mirror-clad roof-top pool-decks. both towers also offer resident with shared roof-top pools and outdoor gas grills. Additional amenities include a fully-equip health club, fitness centre, animal spa and underground parking garage, linking both towers. A cleverly inserted looped carport-overhand also works to blend both monoliths. From above, the structure reveals an almost pathway-like green roof, suggesting the building’s formal language. 

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