Miami Beach’s Most Insane Adaptive Use Project is Almost Done

The Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach, designed by starchitect Piero Lissoni, is finally nearing completion after years of work. Compare these photos to where the project was last December. The Ritz is very unusual for a luxury, contemporary condo tower, and considering the building itself already existed, has taken quite a while from original announcement to completion. That’s because of its unusual complexity, and the sheer amount of work it takes to convert a gigantic hospital into a luxury condominium development.

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Famous Designer Karim Rashid is Selling His South Beach Pied-a-Terre

Internationally renowned designer Karim Rashid, king of the candy-colored woggle-shaped everything, has put his South Beach vacation place on the market for $589,000. The two bedroom condo, believe it or not, is actually designed in a more subdued version of Rashid at full flower. Yet it’s still deliciously ‘him.’ Here are lots of pictures, plus what the brokerbabble has to say:

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South Beach is Getting its Second Gay Hotel, the Axel

The Hall South Beach, a boutique hotel in a cluster of historic art deco buildings that was just completely renovated a couple years ago, has been purchased by Axel Hotels, a mostly European chain of gay-oriented hotels with locations in Berlin, Ibiza, Barcelona, and Madrid. Now called the AxelBeach Miami, although the property is already pretty nice, it is unsurprisingly being renovated again and will reopen later this year.

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