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Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Ilona Condominium Complex, Miami Beach, Florida by OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design

 
February 27th, 2011 by Susan Smith

The form, siting, and distribution of spaces for the Ilona urban dwelling complex in Miami Beach, Florida designed by OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design are derived from a logical analysis of its physical and intangible context. A complex array of interlocking, volumes maximizes light, air, and stringent FAR restrictions. Centrally located on the nondescript site, the building offers views of the passing cruise ships and the surrounding Art Deco Style. The material palette is simple and sincere: white stucco, an aluminum glazing system, perforated aluminum panels, and shell stone details connect the building to the local fabric’s traditions and techniques. Individual 2-story units are expressed as dynamically jutting volumes from the elongated hexagonal plan.

 

Ilona urban dwelling complex

Architect:        OPPENHEIM Architecture+Design, Miami, Florida

Project:            Ilona

Scope:             27,000 SF condominium complex. Architecture/Interior finishes

Location:         Miami Beach, Florida

Sweeping terraces — some enclosed by aluminum screens, cantilever from the main structure, creating large outdoor rooms. A sculpted entry gate, a covered walk, flanked by a flower enhanced pond, serve as the main passage to the building.  A rooftop pool, framed by the building’s integral structure, is the primary public space of the complex. Aligned with the sun’s path, the building offers views of the bay and downtown to the East as well as the beach and ocean to the West with two over-scaled windows, measuring 35’x 50′ in size. The scale of the structure makes it appear more grand than a typical condominium building type.

 

The building offers views of the passing cruise ships

A covered walkway

Rooftop pool

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