Building Profile: Quantum on the Bay

Quantum is a two tower project that stands on 1900 N. Bayshore Dr. The project design comes from the drawing boards of Nichols Brosch Wurst Wulf and Associates. The land acquisition made by Mr. Martin’s Terra Group was brilliant in this case. He purchased two lots—one which was a retirement community. The other smaller south lot was vacant. Nevertheless, at the time of the projects inception, there were no other condominiums on N. Bayshore Dr except the Grand and the Venetia. BCOM did have plans for the 1800 Club but it was planned for rental units. Tibor Hollo’s plans for the Opera Tower were also rental units only. The sales of Quantum units helped change the status quo as all the other new developments, including what later became Cite, switched over to condominiums.

The well designed towers are across from the bay front Margaret Pace Park, which I consider to be the hidden jewel of Miami’s urban parks, and is located a handful of blocks away from the Omni and the PAC, is a one minute drive away from the Venetian Causeway, and has an iconic spot in the Miami skyline. From the park’s vantage point the entire area of N. Bayshore Dr. will look like its own skyline. Bay views are enjoyed by almost all, with the exception of west and south units in the south tower which may be blocked by the 1800 Club. The development of Portico on the west side of the Quantum property may compromise city views for Quantum residents. The balcony railings are not glass and the terraces are not deep at 5 feet in width. Considering the height of the building, the terraces could have been at least one foot deeper. Believe it or not, it makes a significant difference to the dweller. The lower 6 levels have lofts with 13ft high ceilings. The upper three floors on both towers have 10 foot ceiling heights. The rest of the tower residences have 9ft ceiling heights. The project is dense with over 500 units on 66,598 square feet of land.

The Quantum south tower is a good example of the difference ceiling heights make in the overall building’s height. Although the Opera Tower has 56 floors (543ft), it stands less tall than the 51 floor Quantum South Tower (554ft). The difference is that the Quantum tower residences have 9 foot high ceilings versus the Opera Tower’s 8’8 foot high ceilings. Additionally, Quantum has the 13 foot high lofts at the base. Considering how when one is buying a condo one is really buying air space, the importance of additional cubic space, even if its 4 vertical inches spread around 1,000 square feet, cannot be understated. It affects the quality of life and appeal of the unit. Quantum is a fine example of good ceiling heights. The property does not have as much glass as other buildings on N. Bayshore Drive, such as 1800 Club and Paramount on the Bay, but NBWW and Associates makes up for it with a sophisticated retro design that incorporates past and present architectural themes. The Quantum development has more pros than it does cons. The property almost looks like a large scale hotel. Amenities include two pools, a recreation deck, two fitness facilities, media rooms, club rooms with billiard tables, an indoor putting green, 24 hour valet and security, finger-print building access, a feng-shui design emphasis in the interior, and an elegant porte-cochere entrance. More importantly, as one the project’s slogans claims, as a resident, in this building you can “surround yourself” with the bay, the park, the PAC, and all the other important facilities near by.

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