When you think of Miami, you instantly think of a party city dripping in glitz. However, not too far from downtown lays a new development in Coconut Grove, which has an all-star lineup for design aficionados. Park Grove is Coconut Grove‘s newest luxury condo project going up on South Bayshore Drive. With architecture by OMA—helmed by Rem Koolhaas—and interiors by Meyer Davis, and kitchens and baths by AD100 designer William Sofield, Park Grove is taking a more organic approach to design in the Sunshine State.
Nevertheless, this doesn’t necessarily imply any lack of Miami flair. Every common space is decorated with world-class art and luxurious balconies are also par for the course.
Meyer and Davis consider the lobby as one of the highlights of Park Grove. The room is a complete showstopper – a double-height ceiling, balconies filled with plants, and art from the personal collection of developer Jorge Pérez. In order to bring their signature warmth into the interiors, the designers have chosen to cover natural-stained wood planks over the elevator core. “You have warm wood, and we used this stone floor that has undulating strips to give it another sense of organic warmth,” Davis explains. “Decoratively, we used these beautiful, tropical-themed custom rugs that give it another layer of warmth and sense of place.”
They really wanted art to stand out on this Park Grove Project, so it dictated the rest of space’s design. “We really considered a home for some of the more sculptural, large-scale pieces,” says Davis, pointing to the massive African head-shaped piece that’s a centerpiece in the lobby. “A lot of the furniture works well with not only the architecture but also the art in the project,” he adds.
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OMA’s design consists of three towers, each consisting of two cylinders pushed together. (Because there are two elevator “cores” in each building, residents can arrive at their units without walking down a corridor.) Thus, the trademark undulating façade was born.
You can’t have a Miami high-rise without an ocean view. Looking out the penthouse window is no exception. Through floor to ceiling windows, residents overlook the scenic Biscayne Bay and civic park spaces that OMA devised. Shigematsu adds, “all developments in Miami have great balconies, and we have that too.”
Art seeps into nearly every aspect of Park Grove. In the reception area, a painting pops off the white walls, while statement lighting adds glamour to the whole room. “For us, the furnishing and decorative elements of the building complement the architecture, but we also wanted to reflect the lighthearted and bohemian informality of Coconut Grove,” says Meyer. “So there’s an elevated quality to the interiors, but it’s definitely informed by the culture of Coconut Grove.” To enhance the bohemian flair, Meyer Davis brought in tropical plants and used eccentric art to bring a spirit of liveliness and fun into the interiors.
Shigematsu explains that creating the parklike grounds at Park Grove was a tough challenge. “We had to move the existing Coconut Grove bank to a new location, and blanket it with the lush landscape so it looks continuous from the sculpture park to the waterfront,” he says. The team also created a public path so anyone can walk directly through the property to the water. In the pool area, it’s clear that the undulating shape of the structure was integrated into the landscape design. Reeds are planted in organic cutouts on the deck, and mature trees shade chaise longues. It has to live up to its name of being located in a grove, after all.
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