Nobu Restaurant Miami

BEHIND THE SCENES OF BUILDING OUT NOBU MIAMI

Nobu Miami at the Eden Roc in Miami Beach celebrates its first-year anniversary this month. Under the leadership of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, SPACiO was fortunate to be part of the team that made it happen.

In retrospect, we can proudly say that building out Nobu was one of our Top-10 projects in terms of complexity and sophistication.  One part of the design, for example, involved converting a previous outdoor dining space into an exquisite indoor dining area.  This included fabricating and installing curved wood screens that would separate areas of the restaurant, then installing a complex system of 10-foot wide wood-and-glass doors that open and stack to provide an inside/outside feel to the dining room. Now, when the wood-and-glass doors open, Nobu Miami becomes the largest Nobu restaurant in the world.

Chef Matsuhisa sought the “best of the best” to build out the space.  For example, the stone flooring was imported from Italy, the oak flooring from Denmark and many other finishes are derived from around the world. Nobu truly adds an extra level of sophistication to the iconic Eden Roc.

If you haven’t done so already, we suggest that you visit Nobu to enjoy the exclusive Teppan Room and signature dishes such as Yellowtail and Jalapeno and Black Cod Miso.  We are positive that the superb cuisine and ambiance will create an unforgettable dining experience for you and your guests.

Art Basel Miami

TIPS TO ‘ART BASEL’ YOUR HOME

With Art Basel in town, we’d like to offer some advice for newcomers and art connoisseurs on building and retrofitting your home to create the perfect environment that will bring your valuable artwork to life.

First, we believe that there is no better time to plan a ‘gallery wall’ than when your interior designer is designing your home. As a general contractor focused on high-end homes and condo build outs, we always advise our clients to incorporate their artwork into the interior design planning process. But that advice will not apply to those who may visit Art Basel in Miami Beach and Art Miami in Wynwood, fall in love with an original piece of art and walk away as the proud owner of an original painting. As a fledgling art collector, these are some of the things you need to know:

Hanging the work: Before hanging the painting, you will need to know if your wall is built of drywall, plaster, block or wood.  Drywall is not a problem but plaster, block or wood will require screws and often anchors. In this case, we recommend hiring a professional to prevent damaging the artwork. Make sure the painting is properly framed before hanging and do not hang paintings near direct natural light – they can fade from the UV and infrared radiation.

Humidity: This is Florida after all and humidity is our biggest challenge. The humidity in your home should be kept within the 20% relative humidity (RH) range in a 24-hour period. You may want to install a dial on the wall for humidity control. Fluctuations in humidity, as well as in temperature, may cause paintings to deteriorate by expanding and contracting. Cooking and bathing produce areas of climate change in a house/condo so make sure to pick the correct wall.

Lighting: When we perform a home build out, we often start by lighting up the area where the artwork is located at the ceiling level. We might also retrofit the wall to install picture lights that bring out the colors in the painting/s. As mentioned before, continuous exposure to ultra violet rays can be damaging so minimize exposure to natural light.

Grove Condominiums at Grand Bay

DECONSTRUCTING THE STARCHITECT’S VISION BEHIND THE GROVE AT GRAND BAY

Congratulations to the iconic Grove at Grand Bay, which has closed on most of its luxury units. The innovative project, in the heart of Miami’s Coconut Grove, highlights the evolution of Miami as a global real estate market. Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels is the designer behind the twin towers built by developer Terra Group.

Recently Ingels told The Real Deal New York “the design is a combination of ‘rational Scandinavian’ meets Miami. He said the latter favors a ‘Caribbean interpretation of modernism,’ which he described as rounded, feminine architecture that puts a premium on balconies with impressive ocean views. The project also features a lush landscape — designed, no kidding, by a landscape architect named Raymond Jungles — and a canopy that winds ‘like an umbilical cord’ between the two buildings. “

As SPACiO completes the build-out of one of the Grove at Grand Bay condos, we are fortunate to experience this unique development on a daily basis. One high point is the opportunity to  incorporate Bjarke Ingels’ vision in the finishes we select for our client.

It is astounding to see how far Miami has progressed in less than a decade. Grove at Grand Bay has 98 magnificent units ranged from $2.95 million to $25 million, working out to an average of $1,100 per square foot. The last remaining unit — the penthouse — is currently on the market for $28 million, according to The Real Deal.