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“In many ways what we were doing was taking the typical typology of the Miami condo with its generous terraces and gorgeous views and using that criteria not just to keep repeating that mould but to optimise it. By creating twisting towers that rise side-by-side but never cross paths, we were able to optimise views, outdoor spaces and the flexibility of our floor plans, while allowing the build- ings to interact with one another.” With open, spacious floor plans that aver- age 372m 2 in size, the expansive residences are intended to resemble vertical homes in the sky. The South Tower’s 929m 2 entire-floor penthouse features an additional 464m 2 square feet of outdoor space with a private rooftop terrace and swimming pool. Private two-car garages accompany units larger than 372m 2 while a private four-car garage accompanies the South Tower penthouse. search | save | share at Amenities in the luxury glass apartment buildings include rooftop pools for residents of each tower, a five-star spa and fitness centre, a concierge and butler service, and a private dining room for resi- dents and their guests. There’s even a pet spa. Landscape architect Raymond Jungles designed the gardens and terraces that surround the complex. Known for his ecologically sensitive landscape architecture, Jungles used hardscape elements created by Ingels as the backdrop for a design that includes numerous water features, nearly 500 trees – including the existing giant figs and gumbo limbos that were incorporated into the canopied landscape – and more than 15,000 plants. “Most of the trees and plants are native to Coconut Grove,” says Jungles. “The result is a lushly landscaped campus that echoes the tropical beauty of Coconut Grove and aids sustainability.” Previous pages:Concrete below with lush plantings above, this distinctive hard landscape form echoes the twisting architecture of the towers above. Below and right:Structural elements seen in the carpark rise through the towers’ ground floor lobbies as architectural features.