Location: Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Project Categories: Urbanism, Architecture, Codes
Year Started: 1998
Status: built
Size: 8.5 acres

Located on an 8.5-acre former hospital site in the middle of Indian Creek, Aqua is an innovative and unusual infill and adaptive reuse project. Its application of traditional urbanism and modernist architecture, along with its mix of town homes and mid-rise apartment buildings, will hopefully challenge the standard of future luxury developments in Miami Beach.

Aqua is situated on the southern tip of Allison Island between two strongly contrasting approaches to residential living. To the east are the high-rise condominiums of Collins Avenue; to the west, a neighborhood of low-rise, single-family homes. The project seeks to mediate between these two drastically different scales by forming a coherent community consisting of three blocks of 3-story townhouses and three mid-rise apartment buildings. Taking a cue from nearby South Beach, its modernist buildings are organized into a traditional urbanist structure, creating a place that has the vibrancy of a city but the intimacy of a village. The design encourages pedestrian activity by providing tree-lined streets that divide the neighborhood into small blocks and by ensuring that the beach homes and apartment buildings equally engage the street.

Each apartment will have three to four bedrooms, spacious living areas, and access to a 330-space parking garage servicing the three apartment buildings. Each townhouse will have three stories plus a tower, three to five bedrooms, and a two-car garage, accessed from a rear alley.

Aqua will provide many of the daily needs of its residents within walking distance of their homes. Shared facilities include a health club, daycare center, meeting room, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, boat docks, and storefronts with services such as a convenience store, coffee shop, and office space. Installations of public art are planned for each of the neighborhood streets.

View from the canal looking east, copyright Steven Brooke Masterplan 1998 Rooftops at twilight

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