Architect Profile: Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolf and Assoc.

NBWW, as I shall refer to Nichols Brosh Wurst Wolf and Associates, formerly (Nichols Brosch Sandoval and Assoc.) is a uniquely Floridian architectural firm that specializes in hotel architecture, although the firm has delved quite deeply, as of late, into high density residential projects and dabbled in commercial as well. As Floridian as their visual flavor may be, their work is not limited to the sub-tropical peninsula. Their main work has concentrated on Miami where they have designed hotels, condominium towers, and office buildings alike. Some of their more high profile hotel designs include the Ritz-Carlton South Beach and Coconut Grove, The Loews Hotel South Beach, Westin Diplomat Towers in Hallandale, and Regent Bal Harbour. Their tallest condominium design has been the Metropolitan project with its 76 floor Met 3 tower. The Terra Group’s Quantum on the Bay development in Uptown (51 and 44floors ) has also been one of their taller designs. The Terra Group originally contracted them to design the Metropolis Towers at Dadeland as well. Jorge Perez of the Related Group’s Plaza on Brickell, although not as tall as Met 3, will be one of the most standout developments on Brickell Avenue. Another notable high rise design from NBWW is the Fontainebleau II and III residential towers at 36 and 18 floors respectively. In analyzing their portfolio, one finds that NBWW works well at developing retro-modern designs. That is forward-thinking designs that are influenced by past architectural trends. The Loews and Fontainebleau’s design is modern and blends in well with the surrounding historic Art Deco architecture. Their designs range from extremely glassy (Fontainebleau II and II, and The Regent) to a combination of glass and concrete (Quantum, Ritz Coconut Grove). The concrete in the designs is usually offset by sleek purposeful curves that create an impression of movement and flow. Sharp lines blend in with curves in NBWW buildings. The Midtown Four project is somewhat of a departure from their curvilinear designs. The object, which appears as a slimmer, more rectangular version of the Mellon Financial Center, is quite plain with its straight lines. The Plaza on Brickell, resembles a more slender version of the Ritz Coconut Grove minus the dominating green crowns. Both projects are two tower developments, share similar glass concrete patters, vertical lines, and green glass. Buyers in NBWW-designed buildings will probably feel like they’re living in a world class resort. The level of experience in designing them will undoubtedly leave an imprint on all their designs. This is certainly not bad for the owner of a unit in an NBWW designed building; unless you consider an atmosphere of leisurely luxury to be bad.

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4 responses to “Architect Profile: Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolf and Assoc.

  1. Jorge Herrera

    Dear Sir or Maddam

    In toying with a redesign of Pace Park, a classmate of mine proposed a lighthouse at the Northern tip of the park. How much say did you all have in what was put infront of your building. And if you had the chance to chose, which ammenity would you like to have accross the street. Would a light house add value to your units.

    Jorge Herrera
    architecture student
    UMSOA

  2. I think the lighthouse is aesthetically neat, but it’ll have no real function. I always envisioned Pace Park as being a sort of Arts Park–due to its proximity to the PAC and Wynwood. The Mosaic thrones are a step in the right direction. I think an outdoor sculpture garden or pavilion would be more along the lines of what is compatible with the park.

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