Kengo Kuma unveils its first residential tower in the United States

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Japanese firm Kengo Kuma and Associates has unveiled the design for what will become the company’s first residential tower in the United States. The 18-story building, facing Miami Beach, will house private residences for A mana Swiss-based hotel company founded by Indonesian hotelier Adrian Zechaxury, with outposts around the world.

Aman Miami Beach Residences will occupy the site at 3425 Collins Avenue, a prime location in the city’s Faena neighborhood. It will include two buildings within the site, the hotel will take over the art deco building of Versailles from the 1940s—being restored by the architect Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston—and Kengo Kuma will design the adjacent structure, which will house 23 fully-equipped private residences.

The residential building will be located next to the famous Hotel Versailles, which is currently being restored. (Courtesy of Aman)

This is not Kengo Kuma’s first collaboration with the hotel brand, they have already teamed up on the Amanpuri retail paviliona concept store in Thailand, completed in 2020, and the packaging of the Aman skin care line in 2018.

Similar to its neighbor’s design, the residential building will be surrounded by terraces and full-height windows, oriented to take advantage of the beach view. Its curved shape will draw inspiration from the rounded art deco shapes found on the Versailles and other Miami Beach designs.

“Set on the Atlantic waterfront and rising 18 stories above ground level, the tower’s striking elements are juxtaposed to enhance the environment with floor-to-ceiling glass and sweeping curved lines that will redefine the rapidly growing new skyline and forge a new relationship between land, ocean and the unique atmosphere and vibrant personality of the surrounding Faena district,” said a press release on the project.

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Wooden trellises run outside the building. (Courtesy of Aman)

“The colors of the neighboring neighborhood will contrast and complement the structure’s light tonal hues, acting in direct dialogue with Miami’s Art Deco heritage,” he added.

In true Kengo Kuma fashion, a number of Japanese-inspired elements have been incorporated into the design; these include the practice of wabi-sabi or imperfection in design, and materiality, which effortlessly combines glass with light wood, resulting in a tranquil environment in line with Aman’s ethos.

A wooden canopy, wrapped around the atrium lobby, is formed by a series of wooden trellises that mimic the pattern of tree branches. Similarly, wooden louvers planted on the facade cover the structure from bottom to top, the artfully designed panels also serve as decorative elements and shading devices. The building rests on a series of columns made of wooden slats. This design completely opens up the ground floor to provide unobstructed views of the beach.

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Japanese design elements and practices were incorporated into the building. (Courtesy of Aman)

The “faceted geometry” of the building allows each room the luxury of an ocean view. Inside each of the units, a similar treatment again mixes elements of Japanese design and tranquility. Custom wall coverings, Japanese washi screens, and minimalist fixtures pair with the understated kitchen material palette, which uses coral stone, white steel, limestone, and white oak.

The bathrooms will bring the luxurious experience of an Aman hotel spa to the privacy and comfort of one’s own home with large hinoki wooden tubs in each residence. On the larger terraces, sunken plunge pools further increase the beauty of the space and its surroundings.

Aman plans to open the building in 2024. A number of other international architects have recently announced plans to design towers in Miami, including Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza, who recently unveiled his design for a commercial building. square with wraparound terraces in Miami Beach, and local firm Arquitectonica has announced plans for an upcoming downtown office “supertower.”

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