South Florida developers tap world-renowned architects

Katherine Kallergis

South Florida has long attracted celebrities and wealthy investors from across the globe

Developers are increasingly hiring the world’s preeminent architects, from Japan to Uruguay, to lend an extra dose of beauty and creativity to their projects. 

Though it’s not a new phenomenon, more and more international firms — and several major U.S. architects, including some in the region’s backyard — have been tapped to design large-scale and luxury developments from Miami to Palm Beach. 

More than a dozen new projects are in the pipeline, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, Pininfarina — the Italian firm known for designing Ferraris and Alfa Romeos — as well as British architect David Chipperfield and New York-based Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA). 

Here is a map of some of the projects. Scroll through to reveal the entire map and click on the pins to reveal pop-ups with more information on the planned developments: 

Leaflet map created by Adam Farence | Data by © OpenStreetMap, under ODbl.


Some have bolder designs than others. In downtown Miami, Property Markets Group and its partners tapped Uruguayan-Canadian architect Carlos Ott to design the Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences. The supertall, which is under construction, will look like a stack of glass cubes rising above everything else dotting the city skyline once it’s completed. 

Some architects are designing their first projects in the region, while others are back for round two or three. RAMSA has a handful of planned developments in its portfolio, including Related Group and Integra Investments’ St. Regis Residences in Miami, and Witkoff and Monroe Capital’s redevelopment of the Shore Club in Miami Beach. 

In Surfside, the buyer of the building collapse site where 98 people died in the summer of 2021, tapped Zaha Hadid Architects to design a luxury condo building planned for the oceanfront property. The firm was previously led by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, who died in Miami Beach in 2016. Hadid designed the architecturally significant One Thousand Museum, a condo building in downtown Miami that was completed after her death, in 2019. 

More recently announced projects include the Kuma-designed MIRAI Design District development, led by Lionheart Capital, Leviathan Development and WellDuo; the Pininfarina-designed Andare Residences in Fort Lauderdale, led by Related Group; and the redevelopment of the Shops at Sunset Place in South Miami, designed by Heatherwick Studio and developed by Alex Vadia’s Midtown Opportunities. 

Here are the projects: 


MIRAI Design District | Miami 

MIRAI Design District | Miami 

In November, Lionheart Capital, Leviathan Development and WellDuo revealed plans for their Miami Design District project, a 57,500-square-foot development at 4218 Northeast Second Avenue. MIRAI Design District calls for 17 modular retail spaces totaling 15,500 square feet on the first floor, and 41,000 square feet of offices on the second and third floors. Japanese architect Kengo Kuma is designing the building, marking at least his second in South Florida. Kengo Kuma and Associates also designed OKO Group and Len Blavatnik’s Aman Residences, which is under construction in Miami Beach’s Faena District.  


Shops at Sunset Place redevelopment | South Miami

Alex Vadia’s Midtown Opportunities tapped the British design and architecture firm Heatherwick Studio to design the master plan for the redevelopment of the Shops at Sunset Place, a shopping center in South Miami. Vadia’s Midtown Opportunities paid $65.5 million for the 10-plus acre property in 2021. 

The South Miami Commission unanimously approved zoning ordinances last year that will allow the developer to build up to 33 stories along the portion of the property fronting U.S. 1, from 12 stories currently allowed. The new project would include smaller retail tenants and restaurants. 


West End in the Miami Design District | Miami

Miami Design District Associates, Constellation Hotels Holding, Fort Partners and Raycliff Capital are working with British architect David Chipperfield on a project in the Miami Design District. The developers acquired an assemblage of more than 2.5 acres last year at 81 Northeast 39th Street, where they plan a five-star boutique hotel, condos and luxury retail. It would likely mark Chipperfield’s first project in Miami. He was tapped to design a previous undeveloped version of the Shore Club project when it was owned by HFZ Capital Group. 


Jeff Green’s Currie Park condo towers | West Palm Beach 

Jeff Green Currie Park condo towers in West Palm Beach 

Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron was tapped to design developer Jeff Greene’s 152-unit condo project planned near Currie Park in West Palm Beach. The two-30-story tower would sit on a 4.5-acre site at 2175 and 2251 North Flagler Drive. Herzog & de Meuron designed the completed 1111 Lincoln Road mixed-use parking garage in Miami Beach and the Pérez Art Museum Miami in downtown Miami.


St. Regis Residences Miami on Brickell Avenue 

Penthouse at St. Regis Residences Miami lists for $45 MILLION

Related Group and Integra Investments’ St. Regis Residences, Miami is one of a handful of projects that New York-based Robert A.M. Stern Architects is designing in South Florida. The 152-unit waterfront development planned for 1809 Brickell Avenue is set to include more than 50,000 square feet of amenities. The developers originally planned a two-tower project but eliminated one building in 2022. 

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Shore Club Private Collection | Miami Beach

Stern’s firm, RAMSA, is also designing Witkoff and Monroe Capital’s Shore Club Private Collection, planned for the oceanfront Miami Beach property at 1901 Collins Avenue. The project’s 49 luxury condos will be in a new 20-story tower and an eight-story renovated Cromwell House building that was constructed in 1939. The project will also include a single-family beach house. RAMSA is working with Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design on the Auberge-branded development. 


South Flagler House | West Palm Beach

Steve Ross’ Related Companies launched sales in the fall of South Flagler House, a two-tower luxury condo development planned for the site at 1355 South Flagler Drive. RAMSA is the architect. Amenities will include a fitness center, pickleball court, golf simulator, Pilates studio, sports lounge, spa facilities and a pool.


The Alton in Miami Beach

The Alton in Miami Beach by Foster + Partners and Kobi Karp Architecture

Norman Foster’s Foster + Partners is working with Kobi Karp to design Shvo’s planned office and residential project on the former Epicure Gourmet Market & Café site on Miami Beach’s Alton Road. Developer Michael Shvo’s firm and partner Deutsche Finance America plan to build The Alton, a six-story building with roughly 170,000 square feet of offices, apartments and nearly 12,000 square feet of retail and 5,000 square feet of restaurant space on the ground floor. The assemblage is at 1656, 1664, 1676 and 1680 Alton Road, and 1677 West Avenue.


Rosewood The Raleigh in Miami Beach   

Rosewood The Raleigh in Miami Beach 

Shvo, Deutsche Finance and partners hired New York-based architect Peter Marino to design the Rosewood-branded Raleigh hotel and condo project in Miami Beach. The development will include a 60-key luxury hotel and 42-unit condo building on the site of the Raleigh, South Seas and Richmond hotels. Marino is working with Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design to design the project at 1775 Collins Avenue. 


Damac’s Surfside development | Surfside 

Damac’s project will be constructed on the site of the Champlain Towers South collapse, where 98 people died in 2021. Damac paid $120 million for the site as part of a court-ordered sale of the property that closed in 2022. Damac tapped Zaha Hadid Architects to design plans for a 12-story, 57-unit boutique condo on the 1.8-acre oceanfront property at 8777 Collins Avenue, a controversial development because of the tragedy. The plans call for up to six condos per floor, with units ranging from 4,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet. 


Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences, Miami in Downtown Miami

Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences, Miami in Downtown Miami

Property Markets Group, Greybrook Realty Partners, Mohari Hospitality, S2 Development and Hilton are developing the 1,049-foot-tower planned for the site at 300 Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami. Uruguayan-Canadian architect Carlos Ott is working with Sieger Suarez Architects on the supertall, which looks like a series of stacked glass cubes. It could be the tallest residential building south of New York City once completed in 2027.


Andare Residences | Fort Lauderdale 

Jorge Pérez’s Related Group plans a 540-foot-tall, 163-unit tower called Andare Residences by Pininfarina. The Italian luxury car design firm is working with CFE Architects on the Fort Lauderdale building planned for 521 East Las Olas Boulevard. Sales launched in October. 


Rivage | Bal Harbour

Rivage in Bal Harbour

Rivage, a planned 24-story, 61-unit building on the oceanfront in Bal Harbour, was designed by Chicago firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill along with local architecture company Cohen Freedman Encinosa & Associates Architects. Related Group, Two Roads Development and Rockpoint are developing the tower that is under construction at 10245 Collins Avenue. 


Miami Produce Center redevelopment

Miami Produce Center redevelopment

Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels was tapped to design a massive mixed-use complex planned for Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood at 2140 Northwest 12th Avenue, 1243 and 1215 Northwest 21st Street. Developer Robert Wennett, who built the 1111 Lincoln Road garage building in Miami Beach, filed plans for an eight-building complex with residential, office, retail, hotel and school components in 2018. Ingels also designed Terra’s Grove at Grand Bay, a pair of twisty condo towers in Miami’s Coconut Grove. 


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