Set on the 67th floor, this project represented the last available of the 6 raw floor plate spaces originally designed into the Four Seasons Tower, and the highest unbuilt residential space south of New York City.
Designed for a South American buyer and his extended family, the design brief called only for 5 bedroom spaces in the almost 11,000 square feet of raw space, and for it to be “…visually exciting; something that is different from your other works, but yet instantly recognizable as an ODP residence because of the level of detail which will surprise us every time we visit.” To this end, the design team created the only unit in the building that has an elevator lobby with a visual connection to both the northern and southern views immediately upon arrival at the elevator landing.
The plan is organized around central gallery space, dominated by the 4000 bottle sculptural wine room set in the middle. Two American walnut walls frame the space, with a circular form carved out of the eastern wall to frame the view through the dining room and onto Key Biscayne beyond. Visually, the project reinterprets the age old idea of the modern design of all white walls and furniture by introducing cooler tones throughout complimented by sophisticated use of color and texture. This project is also the culmination of ODP’s 8 years of interior works at the Four Seasons tower, with ODP interiors having designed 3 of the 4 penthouse floors.
ODP took on the challenge of transforming an 8,000 sq. ft. space into the owners’ vision of a “Fifth Ave/Park Ave-style” interior. Over a lifetime of traveling, the couple gathered exquisite pieces of art and furniture from around the world. These pieces became the catalyst from which ODP worked into the new condominium design.
The making of the residence took the study and understanding of two very particular styles. ODP meddled these styles in a stylistically correct manner while achieving the couples’ view. The designers started off by bringing in all traditionally accepted formal spatial layouts, materials and interior design elements, then simplifying these elements with modern aesthetic. The style is not considered transitional but rather a modernization of traditional design.
The balcony off to the side of the kitchen was a large architectural undertaking. To make this terrace, the Four Seasons Residential Tower’s exterior was altered to create floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows. This huge gesture created an incredible terrace for the couple to dwell and engage the city. This custom designed residence is not only a rarity amongst other condominiums around the world, but is a one of kind dwelling amongst the condominiums in the Four Seasons Tower.
The design concept behind this project was to approach the condominium thinking about the client’s unique needs as an extensive art collector. This condominium became the backdrop to the collection and was further explored by continuing the highly customization of the spaces and pieces within the spaces. ODP created several custom pieces which include the powder room sink, master bathroom mirrors, hallway wall and kitchen countertop, which fundamentally explored the uniqueness of function. Working on sophistication through simplicity, the highly meticulous construction of these pieces, reconnected the original concept by making architectural space for art and reverting the idea.
The initial catalyst of the project came from the client’s desire to create an ambience similar to a hotel. The procession through the spaces is mapped by a horizontally articulated wall that takes the inhabitant from the entrance, past the wine room into more private areas in the condominium. This passage of time and space is spatially visible through the wrapping of the wall, on the floor plan. The living room was a primary space used to illustrate the idea behind the design.
The entirety of the project is reflected in high quality materials and a rich color palette, similar to that of high end hotels the client has visited throughout the world. Having requested the comfort of a lived-in space but also reflecting the sense of grandiose, elegant hotel, ODP created several design articulations that echoes this initial idea.
The itinerary wall (mentioned previously) takes you through a series of spaces. These spaces become increasingly more private with the procession of time. The first monolithic move is the heavy custom design lamp fixture that hangs low, within a high ceiling in the living room. This gesture creates the intimacy of a quant space within a lavish room. The client can have guest over, in a space paired with a spectacular view unparalleled by condominium towers in the city of Miami.
The living room shares an open space with the connected by a circular shark tank to a fully-equipped kitchen. This shark tank exists as a detracting element to create a positive room divider/wall. The color and material palette within both rooms work transversely but were distinctly chosen to illustrate a change in character, function and task in the two spaces. A figural walnut wood with clear stain was used to compliment the tones in the natural stone backsplash of the kitchen. The upper cabinets were designed with glass doors and no back panel so that the tone could run behind and be viewed from the outside.
The redesign of an existing retaurant at the Four Seasons called for a collaboration between New York based Interior Design Firm, AvroKo and ODP Architects. As the local architects, ODP coordinated all the disciplines involved and designed a retractable canopy system for the outdoor dining space.
In sculpture, an armature is the framework around which the sculpture is built. When sculpting the human figure, the armature is analogous to the major skeleton and has essentially the same purpose; to hold the body erect. This was the inspiration behind the oversized custom light fixture above the bar, which became the focal point of the triple height lobby space.
The Vertical bathroom is part of an apartment renovation inside of the Four Seasons Hotel & Residential Tower. The tower stands at 789 feet, the tallest, amongst the 307 high-rises in the city, where only 59 reach 400 feet or higher. This condominium hovers amid the clouds and overlooks the turquoise waters of Key Biscayne 780 feet below. This was the inspiration for the project. This renovation explores the elusive and edgeless boundary between the occupant’s daily processes of life and the unbelievable landscape of openness between the sky and ocean, found only in a space as remarkable as this.
The methodology began by examining concepts that would allow for better utilization of the existing floor area while enhancing one’s ocean view. The chosen scheme reorients the room about a freestanding 8’-0” long by 7’-0” high Caribbean Blue Quartzite wall. Spatially, this wall, serves as vertical dividing plane between the vanity area and shower zone but architecturally, it forms a single tangible division within a subtle palette of materials and textures. This bathroom uses designed minute details to create directionality, spatial differentiation, and task zoning, while the wall creates a strong visual gesture out to the spectacular view.
The material selection for the remaining elements in the room was chosen to complement and highlight the vein patterns present in the Blue Quartzite stone. The flooring is vanilla marble, which is neutral in background, yet has subtle light orange veins that reappears in the Caribbean Blue. In the shower zone, the importance of the Caribbean blue Quartzite is again reinforced with the use of a reveal in the vanilla marble wall that matches the height and width of the adjacent free standing wall. The result is an architectural haven that is well equipped with a sculptural tub, marble vanities and an integrated digital showering system. This created a set of guidelines that could be reinterpreted to create similarly stimulating spaces.
The Horizontal bathroom is part of the master suite of a unit on the 53rd floor of the Four Seasons Tower and the second portion of the Vertical Bathroom study. The height affords unobstructed views from all the unit’s floor to ceiling windows, including the bath. ODP uses the same detail oriented architectural language to parallel the concepts studied in the Vertical Bathroom. Using this language a connection between the occupant and the open landscape outside is reinterpreted by rotating the major stone wall into a horizontal plane. The owner wished to carry the feeling of openness created by these large expanses of glass into the floor plan. The horizontal stone plane became the visual anchor towards the exterior, as part of the sinks, surrounding the tub and out to limitless abyss. The challenge was to create a functioning master bathroom that allowed the views to be seen from all of a bathroom’s functional elements.
Breaking with traditional bathroom design, in which all the functional elements are placed against the walls of the room, the design team chose to reorient the room so the view was prominently displayed from each functional area. The sinks face the view, with only the slim mirrors that are structurally adhered to the clear glass plane separating them from the tub space and the view beyond. During the design phase the architects built a full scale mock-up of the tub entry step elements in order to test various height relationships between the top step and the bottom of the tub.
One of the biggest challenges of the project was to create the large seemingly seamless 4 inch thick centerpiece of stone from 3 separate slabs. Each slab was hand selected from various matching lots in order to book match the tops, with the joint being hidden beneath the glass wall, just like that of the Vertical Bathroom.
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This one-of-a-kind wine cellar was specifically designed and built for Regalia. The cellar is located on the amenities level of the building, adjacent to the pool deck. Each resident is provided a "wine locker" upon purchasing a unit. Each piece of the cellar was custom made for this ultra high-end residential project.