The Residences by Armani/Casa project in Sunny Isles Beach officially took the top off its sales center with a big ol' launch party Miami-style last night. The project is being designed by big-deal architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, and interiors are by Armani/Casa, with Giorgio Armani's sleek, cool, modern look slathered absolutely everywhere. Enzo Enea is doing the landscape architecture.
Seen from above, the 56 story building is designed as a bulbous parallelogram, slanted in the same direction as the nearby, and also starchitect-designed building, Jade Signature, construction of which is about halfway to its full height. The parallelogram shape here, however. is more extreme, with a bow-like ridge jutting out toward the ocean, giving the driveway views to the sea. Also unlike Jade, it will have a more traditional elevated amenity deck, with a grand staircase descending down to the beach.
There are six residences per floor and 308 in total, all with ocean views except one line (although that one line probably can see a sliver as well), and amenities are (predictably) very fully loaded. The building will have an art collection with sculptures by Sandro Chia and Sinisa Kukec, and 35,000 square feet of amenity space decked out in Armani/Casa interiors. The lobby level will have an 'Armani Prive' lounge and movie theater. There's a bar, a cigar smoking room, and a wine cellar. There is a 'club-inspired game room,' and a private restaurant. Oh, and there's a two-story fitness center and spa. Finally, the $15 million penthouse comes fully furnished in Armani/Casa swag, and includes a trip to meet Giorgio Armani himself in Italy. Unfortunately Armani doesn't speak English, so let's hope you speak Italian.