A massive new development is underway at the site of the Russel Pancoast-designed Surf Club at Surfside Beach in Miami. Developed by Nadim Ashi's Fort Partners development company, The Surf Club features two new towers and an extensive renovation of the original 1930 Surf Club structures, all situated on a nine acre site with 965 feet of Atlantic Ocean frontage.
The Surf Club will feature a 77-room Four Seasons Hotel and 150 residences designed by Meier and designer Lee Mindel. Twelve penthouses will top both towers and be offered in simplex, duplex, and triplex configurations. The penthouses range in size from 5,400 to 7,500 square feet and feature large amounts of private outdoor terraces.
New York architect Richard Meier & Partners is leading the design, which features Meier's signature Modernist details and focus on transparency. The façade is dominated by a glass curtain wall that allows for floor to ceiling views out to the beach or the city from the hotel and condo units. For now, the façade has an intense blue tone due to the removable protective wrap over the glass.
The original 1930 Surf Club is undergoing an extensive restoration and renovation as part of the new development and will house some of the many amenities offered: private membership club, two restaurants, four swimming pools, spa and fitness center, beach cabanas, park, and oceanside gardens. Meier has collaborated with designer Lee Mindel on the new public spaces.
Architects: Richard Meier & Partners Architects (Design Architect) with Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design (Executive Architect); Developer: Fort Partners; Interiors: Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Lee Mindel, Joseph Dirand; Landscape: Fernando Wong; Program: Hotel, Residential Condo; Location: Surfside, Miami, Florida; Completion: Late 2016.