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Best of Design & Realty 2018

BY Riki Altman-Yee & Luis R. Rigual | December 18, 2017 | Feature Features National

Best of Design & Realty
Architect Rene Gonzalez's design creations prove imagination and hard work can accomplish just about anything.

BEST STARCHITECT IN THE MAKING
Even the naysayers had to admit Hurricane Irma proved sea-level rise is no joke, though Miami architect Rene Gonzalez has been pumping out brilliant design solutions for climate change for years. Around December 2016 he was working on his first elevated Miami house (at 2038 Prairie Avenue in Miami Beach) and invited the public to experience it; now five more are underway. Soon, we expect the rest of the world will recognize just what incredible talent and clairvoyance he possesses, especially after April, with the release of a hardcover monograph, Rene Gonzalez Architects: Not Lost in Translation ($60, The Monacelli Press), highlighting 14 of his company’s most notable creations, including the first Alchemist boutique, the 18-story GLASS residential tower in Miami Beach and the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation. 875 NW Third St., Miami, 305.762.5895

BEST HIGH-RISE RESIDENCES
Even with all the amazing starchitect names attached to various Miami structures, one address remains the most coveted by buyers worldwide: One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects. “What makes our units so unique is that they are in the first and final ultra-luxury residential skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere designed by the late Zaha Hadid,” explains the property’s co-developer, Louis Birdman. “They are in limited supply as the majority of the 83 units are sold and only a limited number remain available for sale.” Those few remaining residences start at $5.8 million, but for those who appreciate living in a private residential tower with its own private heliport and more amenities than a world-class resort—including a custom scenting program—there are few places like this to call home. Sales center: 1040 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 855.663.6873

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