Downtown Miami is about to be transformed. It was just announced that the Waldorf Astoria Residences Miami are up for sale in what will be the tallest building in the southern U.S.—overtaking the Bank of America Plaza in Atlanta. And Departures got a first look inside.
The stunning property will rise 100 stories and have an exterior shape of nine spiraling offset glass cubes that's unlike any other design on the East Coast. That vision was that of Carlos Ott and architect Sieger Suarez, who worked together to create this iconic structure. This modern architecture informed California-based interior design firm Bamo's layout, material, and style decisions for the 360 units.
"Everybody thinks of the Waldorf Astoria as art deco," Anne Wilkinson, principal at Bamo, told Departures. "But, the original Waldorf was actually quite groundbreaking. So, we were following more of that avant-garde model where it still has this elegance, but it's pushing the envelope as a modern project."
The result was open-concept living that highlights the incredible views to be the focal point, even the bathrooms. Bathtubs in some units, for example, were situated right next to the floor-to-ceiling windows to create an incredible sense of a sky-high escape. The living and dining areas also share these same vistas, while the bedrooms allow you to look over the stunning skyline and bay from the bed. Some even have direct access to balconies that really amplify that birds-eye view.
While the openness creates a gallery-like feel, the design team wanted to ensure it didn't feel too stark. "The aesthetic is definitely urban sophistication," said Wilkinson. "But the warmer tones make it feel cozier."
The team chose several natural materials to achieve that balance, like two kinds of wood—a grey/brown oak and a very light European oak—along with four marble types that range from statuary white to a black with a warm cast to it.
Of course, the homes will feature high-end appliances and the latest smart-home technology that includes access to a concierge service via an app. That will provide residents hotel-style living like 24/7 room service. Plus, they will have access to the spa, fitness center, package delivery, dog walking services, house car reservations, and dining reservations.
"What separates the Waldorf Astoria Residences Miami is not just the water views, great floor plans, and architecture," Ryan Shear, managing partner of PMG—who along with Greybrook Realty Partners developed the property—told us. "It's the Waldorf experience. It's how they greet you from the second you drive into the amenity package. It's like living in a resort."
In addition to the five-star residences, the property will also have 205 guestrooms and suites, specialty restaurant, Peacock Alley, indoor/outdoor function spaces, meetings and boardrooms, and a pool deck with private cabanas. Residences start at $1 million and come just after the new Waldorf Astoria Residences in New York hit the market.