The Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach, arguably the most extreme adaptive use residential project that South Florida has ever seen, is finished. The transformation from its former life as a hospital, by Italian designer Piero Lissoni, is practically unbelievable. Additionally, a comprehensive arts program gives the building an added visual interest.
Due to the complexity of the project, the end result has been a long-time coming. I first wrote about the project at Curbed Miami in 2013, a whopping seven years ago, when I got a tip about it at a party before anything had been publicly announced. Since then, the rambling old hospital building–the former Miami Heart Institute—was stripped down to the raw structure, and completely reconstructed by Lissoni in his first full-scale residential project in the United States.
One of the project’s more unique features is its arts program. Through a partnership with Cynthia Reeves Art Gallery in North Adams, Massachussets, the building is an art gallery unto itself. According to a press release:
By providing a rotating collection of art to be displayed within the newly completed project, residents and their guests will be able to enjoy the art in passing within the lobby, shared hallways and amenity spaces, as well as purchase through the concierge for display within their private homes. With a focus on both emerging and established artists, including one of the most well-known abstract expressionist painters, Lianghong Feng, the current collection on display features abstract contemporary works to new age neon multidisciplinary installations ranging from portrait dimensions to life-size scopes priced up to $110,000 each. This partnership is a continuation of the property’s extensive dedication to the arts including the on-site world’s first residential art studio.
Additionally, an artist-in-residency program invites an artist to create work on-site. For three months, an artist will be invited to work in a dedicated studio space and display their art in a museum-like exhibition space, while holding workshops for residents.
[Photos by Kim Sargent Photography]