Surfside’s Beach House Getting Chipped Away

Image: The Beach house getting prepped for an extensive transformation

Renown architect Richard Meier’s glassy vision for the Beach House remains just that as the historic structure remains a gutted shell. The new Beach House’s amenities will include:

  • State-of-the-art valet parking system with security surveillance.
  • Private Beach Club surrounded by lounging areas, a Sunrise Pool and cabanas overlooking the ocean.
  • Roof level Sky Pool with ocean views and Sky Play Room.
  • State-of-the-art Health Club equipped with Technogym TM, digital technology, high-tech equipment and personal access to TV and radio.
  • Separate His and Her Spa with lounge area, massage and treatment rooms, sauna and steam rooms.
  • Wine and Cigar Lounge with private temperature controlled cellars and humidors.

Unit’s will feature:

  • Each residence is designed to feel like a penthouse with floor-to-ceiling custom designed glass windows and generous terraces offering panoramic views.
  • Custom designed kitchen cabinets.
  • Smart Home technology including wireless access and integrated control systems for home appliances and electronics.
  • Top of the line stainless steel kitchen appliances, self-cleaning oven, silent dishwasher, cappuccino machine, water filtration system and Sub-Zero refrigeration.
  • Master baths with natural light, separate showers with body sprays, infinity-edge whirlpools, and top of the line fixtures.
  • Energy-efficient individual air conditioning and washer dryers units.

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16 responses to “Surfside’s Beach House Getting Chipped Away

  1. James Wilkins

    Do you think that it is chipped away is a sign that we will actually see it get built. The building next door…AZURE was built by the same developer as Lanai. I think Azure and Beach House make a nice pair, and nice eye candy for living in the neighborhood.

  2. I haven’t heard nor seen anything to indicate it’s not going to get built. Still, looking at the rendering, there’s much work left to do. The luxury side of the market, particularly the Beach, has remained pretty stable, so I’m not too worried. Definitely a great pair, I agree.

  3. James Wilkins

    I believe the old building is being demolished and removed, it’s not a rehab or renovation.

  4. No element is being preserved? That’s surprising. I see the glass encapsulates the whole structure, but figured that some architectural elements would be preserved. if not, then that’s unfortunate.

  5. I have to admit I was among those who came to appreciate MiMo later than the streamline moderne we all admired as kids -and had watched fall into near ruin before their revived popularity.

    It appears that many of the MiMo treasures of South Florida will be lost, as well, before developers learn that it isn’t necessary to gut or level all trace of the region’s architectural heritage to make a buck. Many cities have undergone the same experience, yet for the South Florida urban region, it’s rather ironic that the very architectural uniqueness that made this “America’s Riveria” and is to a large degree responsible for the resurgence of the region and its international popularity is being obliterated.

    Richard Meier’s plans for the Beach House will no doubt be part of a new era of breathtaking 21st century design that will keep Miami on the design map, but at what price?

    Perhaps in a half century from now, faux-mid 20th century monstrosities will probably be springing up like those horrific pink fake deco monstrosities we see all over the landscape.

    That said, the artist’s rendering of the building has me wondering just how it would fare in a major hurricane. I’m sure it meets all the current building standards, yadda yadda yadda, but so did most of Miami-Dade below Cutler Ridge in ’92.

  6. James Wilkins

    The codes have been re-written considerably since the ‘below Cutler Ridge disaster in 92’. It was just that, which caused the codes as they exist today, much stricter than 15 years ago. Better technology etc. We can never say what could happen in the future, but it won’t happen like 92 again, for all those same reasons.

  7. 20 years from now there won’t be much to recognize on the Beach. Take Sunny Isles for example. Think 15 years ago.
    That thin slither of sand was a motel row. As a kid in the summer, I would stay in a place like the Heathwood Motel and spend the sunny days walking down the beach, making new friends, hopping between swimming pools, and playing arcade at the Marco Polo. In the morning I’d wake up sunburned ready to do it again. Back then, the beaches were filled with families and their kids spilling out from all of the motels. It was the quintessential family beach environment.

    Today, Sunny Isles is a row of towering luxurious high rises. The few motels that remain have either been snatched up by developers or are already eyed by them. Instead, it is becoming the quintessential retreat for the unfathomably wealthy. The place I recognized as a kid is now mostly lost.

    So the fork in the road leads two ways, preservation, rehabilitation, and reuse, or demolition and reinvention on a fantastic scale. The latter seems to be the adopted course of action. Sunny Isles, as well as other parts of the beach, are intent on reinventing their place in the future. As far as the architectural past is concerned, there will only be traces left to remind us of what was. whether bad or good, it is what it is.

  8. James Wilkins

    I agree with everything you said X, except that only traces will be left. There is still the opportunity to preserve enough of our heritage to make the experience rich. Not in Sunny Isles, but look at South Beach. If Mimo can be grabbed now and upheld in North Beach and Bay Harbor Islands, it may not be too late.

    The idyllic picture you painted of Sunny Isles is very special, and that– for sure– is gone. I’m glad you have the memories, I don’t.

  9. The Art Deco District is definitely the exception. We’ll see how MiMo preservation plays out on the Beach. The Fontainebleau redevelopment is a good precedent for preserving MiMo while embracing expansion and modern architecture. The Eden Roc is soon to follow. MiMo and money are beginning to mix rather well it seems.

  10. Kobi Karp is the Architect of Record.

  11. The existing building will definitely be completely demolished – they have changed developers quite a few times and I was afraid the project was never going to get built.
    As for Richard Meier finally building something in Miami…..I am ecstatic!!

    Plus….the whole density of surfside is amazing….the rest of Miami should pay attention. 12 stories on the ocean and a max of 4 inland.

  12. This is the kind of discourse that you wish the Bored of Supes engaged in. Great history, analysis, context. Something to mull over an iced tea while watching the sun set over the Everglades from the balcony. These comments are proof that, yes, in indeed, there is still intelligent life still in SoFla.

    Who’d have thought that the A1A we knew not-so-long ago would exist only as a memory so soon? I can only hope someone comes up with a “holodeck” style museum exhibit for us to relive how it was –and show to the young ‘uns who never saw it.

    Then, too, is the all-but-forgotten problem that the South Florida peninsula is sinking (once again) and yet man insists that the sandbar will stay right where it is.

  13. There is a major transition going on and the city’s architectural past is likely to continue diminishing. The Art Deco district is the most singular aspect of South Beach. It’s gives it panache. It stimulates the imagination. I hope that vintage architectural styles are incorporated more into new designs. I tend to favor the old amalgamating with the new to create something wholly different. There is no doubt in my mind that elements of the Beach House could have been incorporated into Richard Meier’s vision. I don’t presume to know more than the architect, but hope, as a Miamian, that more of the architectural past would be incorporated into the future.

  14. DoctorX

    Anyone ever notice the Surfside community center on 93rd and collins? The town plans on tearing it down to build new. Any thoughts on if this building is MIMO?

  15. Surfside is such a quaint Town- I know that progress requires change and change is not always for the best. Here, several yars later, several prominent developers gone-by… There seems to be little progress with the BEACH HOUSE. Yes, the former Beach House Hotel is gone and the site is almost leveled. Any news of who the new developer might be?

    I sure would love to know!!! We get at least 5 serious inquiries each month from potential buyers the world over.

    Please let us know


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