BY Zoe Phoon
Living with works of art and visiting them in an art museum are poles apart. The former refers to art collectors who choose to live with their treasures.
Therefore, an architect or interior designer has to not only celebrate and guard the artwork but to also ensure it is fully integrated into the collector’s domestic life.
Where a museum serves as a neutral backdrop, a domestic interior expresses the collectors’ characters and reflect their own feelings about their artworks.
Clearly, architect Rafael Vinoly has explored this aspect.
His luxury residential project, the 60-storey One River Point in Downtown Miami in the US, will have designated art walls with task lighting and multizone climate controls that make these residences perfect for art collectors.
They can also store their prized collections onsite in a central vault.
One River Point comprises two symmetrical towers connected by its most striking feature, the Sky Bridge, suspended at 800ft above the Miami River and will hold a 35,000sq ft private club run by Adrian Zecha, the Indonesian hotelier behind Aman Resorts.
There are also landscaped riverside park surroundings set across 1.8 acres.
The entire One River Point is a vertical oasis of resort-style living with a la carte dining and spa treatments available for order to the 350 residences.
The sky lofts and villas will have high ceilings of 10ft to 12ft, full height windows, and glass enclosed terraces.
Another impressive feature will be an 85ft waterfall cascading down a four-storey podium at the entrance. Inside, rolling exhibitions of curated art works will be on display.
The recently launched project is set to break ground late this year and complete in 2020.
The project’s Miami River area location is undergoing regeneration and the project is leading the way for major development in Downtown Miami.
Zoe Phoon is a freelance business and lifestyle writer who can be reached at [email protected]