This two bedroom apartment renovation took place in a building called Oceanside Plaza, built in 1967 in the Millionaire’s Row neighborhood of Miami, Florida. The building’s architect was Morris Lapidus, famous for the Fontainebleau Hotel and identified by theatrical designs and curving exteriors. Despite this reputation, the apartment’s interior was rigid with two closed bedrooms on each side of a central small living room. This renovation’s primary act was to open up the space using two 12’ wide pocket doors in place of walls. This allows the vacation residence to be used as a studio, one bedroom, or two bedroom.
The result is a flexible and flowing space where all rooms enjoy wide angle oceanfront views. Even the master bathroom and closet were reconfigured to connect to the bedroom via a door-less entry and glass display shelving. Linking all spaces to the balcony are hand painted blue ceramic tiles designed by architect-designer Giò Ponti. This color scheme extends the 1040 square foot enclosed space to the Miami blue ocean.
Founded in 2007 by Luca Andrisani, Luca Andrisani Architect represents a new generation of architects with an artistic interest in the craft and juxtaposition of timeless, unconventional, and cutting edge materials. The firm's conceptually designed environments balance intrigue with sustainable function and beauty. With a strong belief in listening as a guiding principle, Luca Andrisani Architect works with clients on projects of all scales and scopes to offer innovative solutions tailored to each individual project.
The firm has won numerous awards including three International Design Awards, a Merit Award by Interior Design Best of Year and was named an Emerging Architect by Architecture Record. The work of Luca Andrisani Architect has been featured in media and press venues including New York Magazine, Interior Design, Architectural Record, Metropolitan Home, Interiors, Interni, Daily News, Design & Display Ideas, and DLux.