Grove at Grand Bay, architect Bjarke Ingels’ first luxury residential condominium project in the United States with landscape design by Raymond Jungles. Located in Coconut Grove on a three-acre site near Biscayne Bay, the anticipated LEED Gold, low-density project with 98 units has two winding, 20-story glass towers that appear to be twisting to capture the spectacular, 360-degree view as they rise to the sky. Ingels’ design combines spectacular architecture with sustainability and takes the Miami condominium typology to its most highly evolved state.
“Coconut Grove is one of South Florida’s most storied neighborhoods and Grove at Grand Bay represents another chapter in that story,” says Terra President David Martin, who co-developed the project alongside his father, Terra CEO Pedro Martin.
With open, spacious floor plans that average 4,000 square feet in size, the expansive residences are meant to resemble vertical homes in the sky. The South Tower’s 10,000 square foot, full-floor penthouse features an additional 5,000 square feet of outdoor space with a private rooftop terrace and swimming pool. Private two-car garages accompany units larger than 4,000 square feet; a private four-car garage accompanies the South Tower penthouse.
Landscape architect Raymond Jungles has designed the gardens and terraces that surround the building. Known for his creative and ecologically sensitive landscape architecture, Jungles has used simple-yet-detailed hardscape elements created by Ingels as the backdrop for a program including 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. The result is a lushly landscaped campus that echoes the tropical beauty of Coconut Grove and promotes sustainability.
“Our team at Raymond Jungles created a garden that complements Grove at Grand Bay’s architecture, pays homage to the spirit of Coconut Grove, and provides comfort and shade for residents and their guests,” says Raymond Jungles. “My home is in Coconut Grove, so this project was personal to me and will be part of my daily experience.”
Complementing the designs of Ingels and Jungles will be an extensive art collection, valued at more than $1.2 million, featuring original works by Alice Aycock, Tara Donovan, Gimhongsok, Jim Drain, Olafur Eliasson, Cerith Wyn, Jeppe Hein, Nathan Mabry, Geo McFetridge, Pedro Reyes, Pae White, and Antonia Wright.
“Our mission was to seamlessly meld the gardens of the Grove at Grand Bay with the historic village community of Coconut Grove and the dynamic towers designed by BIG. We wanted timeless elegance to inform our material choices and have the garden, once completed, appear to have always been there.” – Raymond Jungles
Grove at Grand Bay
Architecture | Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Landscape Architecture | Raymond Jungles
Photo credit | Rasmus Hjortshoj