About Grove Grand Bay
On one of Miami's best real estate parcels, a modern miracle of glass and steel will rise on the site of the old Grand Bay Hotel in Coconut Grove. Its twelve foot ceilings with wraparound floor to ceiling glass will set a new standard for the top of luxury condo living in South Florida. Its spectacular site is located within one of Miami's most interesting areas to live, historically celebrating its laid back lifestyles along the waterfront of Biscayne Bay with seaside dining, active street cafes, great shopping, cinemas, and close several of Miami's best schools. Only minutes from downtown Miami, Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, and Miami International Airport, the neighborhood of Coconut Grove is a favorite for active residents and frequent travelers alike. This site is within walking distance of all of these amenities including Fresh Market and City Hall.
Local aficionados of the old hotel are delighted to hear of new life on this site in a fantastic but very small condominium community which will be nestled in the tree canopy to attach it visually to the landscape of Coconut Grove. Thankfully the "rescue team" includes developers with an excellent track record, a rising star architect in tandem with a hugely successful local architect, and one of the biggest names in landscape architecture today. First, the architect and his dream creation. Copenhagen born and New York matured Bjarke Ingels Group was the winner of a design competition for the Grand Bay site and literally fifty or so iterations later, they came up with a simply stunning spiral of twin glass towers which rise from a forest pedestal and spin in the direction of the most amazing views available as the tower rises in elevation. Bjarke Ingels has assembled a formidable package of existing work which includes amazing design solutions to some very tough problems, including our personal favorite which was how to hide a very ugly industrial recycling center with smoke stacks in downtown Copenhagen.
Imagine thinking the problem through and deciding to trick the eye by building a ski area on top the building complete with blue, black, and green runs- all then open it as a public amenity for the city. Then in Manhattan on the Upper West Side he took a difficult site and covered it with a triangle tipped on an edge to pick up the southern light exposure and then slit to open a courtyard in the direction of the Hudson. Just amazing. Now pair this mind with brilliant local architect John Nicohols who brings the experience of 50+ hospitality projects like the old Grand Bay, the renovation to Fontainebleau, and a working knowledge of the local code. This is a brilliant pairing.
The towers that they designed are exceedingly refined but very complex from a developer standpoint because there are unique floor plans on very single floor. For starters, the twisting glass structure presupposes that people will love living there. Each floor has 12' soaring ceilings with terraces on the view sides of the apartments revealing stunning 12’ wide terraces running, in some cases, the full width of the apartments. The width creates an outdoor room, complete with electric summer kitchens on the terraces. The indoor kitchens will be gracious and stoves will be gas for those who want them.
The site, once cleared of the iconic Grand Bay, will still be three grand acres on a high hill with an amazing water view of the islands of Miami. There is a reason the first homes of Miami were built along this same ridge from Viscaya through Camp Biscayne to the Kampong. These homes wanted to catch the summer breezes.
The landscape is designed by Raymond Jungles, international acclaimed architect. His plan is to return the site to its original tree hammock look of dense tropical trees occasionally parting to reveal a swimming pool or kid's park or other outdoor amenity. Like other Jungles' projects- this one is guaranteed to amaze and delight the senses. Lastly, beyond the list of expected luxury amenities is the air conditioned garages which also include enclosed 2 locking car garages for the larger tower units.