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Below:Dolore dolore modolor percin velisi te er sed molorpe rilluptat ent dolorpe rciduip euis sed molorpe rilluptat ent dolorpe. Previous pages and left:Grove at Grand Bay by architect Bjarke Ingels combines high-profile design with low-density living. Based in Denmark, internationally respected architect Bjarke Ingels has created many eyebrow- raising designs, including the Serpentine Gallery in London. More recently he has designed an individualistic architectural statement of a different kind in South Florida. Located in Coconut Grove on a 1.2hectare site near Biscayne Bay, Grove at Grand Bay comprises two dramatic 20-storey glass residential towers that twist as they rise to capture spectacular 360-degree views of the area. Ingels’ low-density design – there are only 98 units in total – combines stand-out architecture with sustainability and takes the Miami condominium typology to i ts most highly evolved state yet. The towers are the first LEED gold-certified buildings in Miami-Dade County – a green distinction achieved largely through energy-saving innovations and low-flow fixtures as well as the use of recycled and locally sourced materials such as oolitic limestone and sustainably harvested wood. Terra, a leading South Florida real estate development firm, drove the design and president David Martin says that Grove at Grand Bay is intended to integrate with its surroundings. “The buildings are designed to flow seamlessly between indoor and outdoor environments – a hallmark of Florida living. The 57 units in the North Tower and 41 units in the South Tower all have floor-to-ceiling 3.65m-tall insulated picture win- dows,” says Martin. To achieve their distinctive presence, the towers’ floor plates rotate 90cm at every elevation from the third to the 17th floors. The twisting floors extend on all sides creating generous balconies for all the units. The large balcony overhangs act as brise- soleils, providing shade for the windows of each residence below – another positive in terms of energy efficiency. Bjarke Ingels says it was important that Grove at Grand Bay respond to its community through a design that was respectful and distinctive. “When you’re doing something for Coconut Grove, it’s very much a question of creating a leisurely and relaxed relationship between what’s inside and what’s outside – also between the apartments and the view, and the balconies and the landscape around them. We really turned the criteria into the driving force of the design. search | save | share at