Arte Surfside by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel
Designed by Italian cross-disciplinary practice Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, Arte is an eleven-story luxury residential development that comprises 16 luxury condominium residences on the sunny oceanfront of Surfside, Florida.
Its architecture addresses the urban streetscape–the leisurely character of hospitality and residential buildings along Collins Avenue–and the building’s exposure to the beach on the east side. “The building and the setting are intrinsically connected to one another. We strive for this in every project, but rarely is it achieved to this extent.” – Antonio Citterio The requirements of the site area are balanced by the symmetrical stacking of the building components articulated around the central east-west axis. These elements are extruded along the length of the building and represent themselves in an almost identical way on the east elevation as they do on the west. Arte keeps the complexity of an urban building located in a historical context while providing wide and open views to the ocean. Protective yet fragile in nature, the architecture of the residences celebrate outdoor living in a uniquely Italian fashion. “We created an approach to the building that emphasizes the very special relationship between the urban environment and the beach. Very few buildings in Miami do this.” – Patricia Viel Horizontally, the massing of the 105,500 sf (9,800 sqm) building is articulated by a series of terraces which create outdoor spaces while allowing for the building mass to elegantly ‘step back’ in a manner that aligns with the zoning requirements. Alluding to historical precedents in Miami-Dade & Surfside, exquisite materials such as travertine, bronze colored finishes and glass create a contemporary outlook for the new development. Located on the opposite side of Collins Avenue, the amenities and services building includes a spa, a tennis court and a clubhouse. The interaction between the urban context, the architecture, and nature formulates the interior spaces in a careful harmony of seclusion and transparency. With landscaped terraces that offer unobstructed views to the ocean, each residence is conceived as a private space that evokes a sense of understated and informal luxury. Arte draws a unified composition of textures in bronze, wood, stone and glass, carrying impressions of warm homeliness on the beachfront of Surfside, Miami.
Photography courtesy of Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel