Isay Weinfeld unveils latest designs for update of historic Shore Club in Miami’s South Beach

Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld has been commissioned to convert The Shore Club, a historic hotel in Miami‘s South Beach, into a luxury complex with condominiums, hotel rooms and poolside bungalows.

Situated in the city’s Art Deco District, the updated property will feature 100 hotel rooms and 75 apartments, many of them offering expansive views of the beach and Atlantic Ocean.

It will also include South Beach’s largest swimming pool, measuring 250 feet in length (76 metres).

Encompassing three acres (1.2 hectares), the oceanfront property currently serves as a 309-room hotel and is a key venue during Design Miami.

Built in 1949 and designed by Miami architect Albert Anis, the Art Deco building was refurbished in 2001 by David Chipperfield.

It is located steps from main thoroughfares such as Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive and Espanola Way.

Weinfeld will reconfigure interior spaces and add new furnishings inside the property’s three existing towers, ranging from eight to 22 floors.

Renderings show glass-lined balconies, light-coloured materials and lush landscaping.

The project also calls for the construction of a series of two-storey homes, along with a new amenities building that will house a gym, yoga rooms and a spa.

Fasano, a Brazil-based hospitality company, will operate the hotel, which will be renamed the Fasano Hotel + Residences at Shore Club. This is Fasano’s first project in the US, and Weinfeld’s first large-scale project in Miami.

Construction will begin early next year, with completion slated for the end of 2017.

Weinfeld joins a growing lineup of high-profile architects working in Miami. Buildings by Rem Koolhaas’ firm OMA, London-based Zaha Hadid, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and others are contributing to the city’s transformation into the “capital of Latin America”.

The developer is New York-based HFZ Capital Group, which has worked with leading architects such as Ingels and David Chipperfield.

“Weinfeld’s design brings his refined sensibility and signature style to create a natural respite in the center of South Beach,” said HFZ.

“He is one of the world’s pre-eminent architects, winning over 60 international architecture honours and designing Brazil’s most notable structures.”

Weinfeld is one of Brazil’s leading contemporary architects. Born in São Paulo in 1952, he studied at the School of Architecture at the city’s Mackenzie University and launched his multidisciplinary practice in 1973.

Working predominantly in his home country, he has designed numerous private residences as well as apartment buildings, hotels, shops, banks and restaurants. He recently was hired to design a luxury housing project in Manhattan.

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