Faena District Miami Beach


Faena District Miami Beach

Faena District Miami Beach is an idea from the Argentinean hotelier and entrepreneur Alan Faena. Alan created a district comprised of a total of 8 buildings in Miami Beach and 32nd street. It all started with the purchase of the 1940s Saxony Hotel in South Beach 2 years ago, has grown into the redevelopment of six entire blocks. When it opens later this year the Faena District will consist of apartments, shops, restaurants, art, opera and theatre.

Neighborhood: Miami Beach Real Estate
Collaborating Design: OMA, Rem Koolhaas, Shohei Shigematsu, Jason Long
Number of proposed buildings: 8
Completed buildings: 3

Faena District Miami Beach Location

Located in Miami Beach, the Faena Forum enjoys a unique site that stretches between Indian Creek and the Atlantic beachfront. OMA has designed three buildings for the three block site along Collins Avenue – an arts center, retail bazaar and car park. These distinct functions are linked by a sequence of public domains including a plaza, courtyard and marina dock.
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Faena has a track record of turning his utopian visions into reality. Over the past decade he has transformed the rundown area of Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires into a thriving oasis of luxury hotels, apartments and culture. He plans to make the same impact on Miami Beach, but on a larger scale.

Faena District Miami Beach Evolution

The Gatsby-esque developer, who tends toward an all-white wardrobe and trademark fedora, approached director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, set-and-costume-designer Catherine Martin to collaborate on the Saxony.

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Faena Forum Assembly Hall from OMA.

Rem Koolhaas’s vanguardist architecture firm OMA designed the upcoming Faena Forum, an arts center divided into two volumes, a cylinder and a cube, both with irregularly shaped windows that form attractive visual patterns.

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The 43,000-square-foot building, which was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, will be the cultural centerpiece of real estate developer Alan Faena’s sprawling new district in Miami Beach. Expect to see innovative performances in music and dance, as well as multidisciplinary installations and exhibits.

Faena District Miami Beach Forum

And a program of exhibitions and artist residencies is currently being devised for the Arts Centre, being built by OMA. It will connect with its sister organization in Buenos Aires, where Ernesto Neto, AES+F and Los Carpinteros have exhibited in the past. Thomas Heatherwick will redesign the Versailles Hotel, which Faena purchased in August last year.

Faena District Miami Beach The District


1 – Faena Versailles Classic (On hold)
by William Sofield

2 – Faena Versailles Contemporary (On hold)
by Brandon Haw Architecture

3 – Faena House
by Foster + Partners and Brandon Haw

4 – Faena Hotel Miami Beach
by Bazmark, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin

5 – Faena Forum
Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu /OMA

6, 7, 8 – Marina, Bazaar and Park
by Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu /OMA

9 – Casa Calridge’s

Faena House

Faena District Miami Beach
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Real Estate

Faena House Miami Beach Features Outstanding Balconies and Rooftop Pool

Faena House building PH view

Faena House by Norman Foster

It’s the tower that could change a whole strip of Miami Beach — and it will make you instantly dissatisfied with your measly standard balcony.

New renderings of the 18-story Faena House tower, four exclusive to The Huffington Post, reveal even more details of the jaw-dropping residential centerpiece of four blocks that will eventually be known as Faena District Miami Beach. Underway on the waterfront at 3201 Collins Avenue, Faena House is designed by architects Foster + Partners to resemble “a towering ship at sea” — if that ship passed out in a really nice bed, dreaming of maximum amounts of light and space.

In fact, at least one penthouse has nearly as much terrace space as interior square footage. And each of the 47 residences are wrapped with wide aleros, as they are known in Argentina, with balconies functioning like hallways to connect the rooms from the outside. Glass is everywhere and all but uninterrupted, with plans calling for sliding glass doors — built to hurricane code, mind you — as astonishingly wide as 12.5 feet.

Earlier this year, the massive duplex penthouse at Faena House nearly matched a local listings record when it debuted with a $50 million price tag, just $5 million less than a whopper of a penthouse at the Mansions at Aqualina that comes with a cantilevered glass pool hanging off the 47th floor. (The most expensive condo sale so far is a $34 million penthouse at Ian Schrager’s half-constructed The Edition Residences, a few blocks south of Faena on Collins.)

Alan Faena, an Argentinian fashion designer-turned-developer, is building the tower as just the first phase of a neighborhood district he hopes will recreate the success he had with an unlikely warehouse area in Buenos Aires that now boasts some of the most expensive real estate in that city. Faena District Miami Beach will eventually build out 32nd and 35th streets between Indian Creek and the ocean with a luxury hotel, an arts center, an “architecturally important” parking complex (so hot right now!), a marina, and luxury retail space. (Fortunately, the existing historic Saxony Hotel at 32nd and Collins will be refurbished, not torn down.)

The flush, however, aren’t waiting for the rest of it: Faena announced last week that his tower is already 50 percent under contract after breaking ground in January. The scheduled completion date? Fall 2014.

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Faena House Rooftop view

Faena House rooftop pool

Faena House Balcony lifestyle



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