Ricardo Bofill desembarca en Miami

JANUARY, 2017 Forbes Mexico

El condominio residencial 3900 Alton será la primera obra del prestigioso arquitecto catalán en Miami y la primera de tipo residencial en Estados Unidos. Se construirá próxima al corazón histórico de Miami Beach, a pocos metros de las aguas de la Bahía Vizcaya. Serán 78 unidades residenciales de elegancia minimalista inmersas en naturaleza tropical.

Por: Soledad Picón

La llegada de Ricardo Bofill confirma una vez más a Miami como referente global y ciudad cosmopolita. Significa un valioso aporte a la reinvención de una ciudad que continúa sumando joyas arquitectónicas de los más célebres arquitectos del star-system internacional.

La oficina Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura, fundada en 1963, emplea a más de 60 profesionales de diversas nacionalidades y ha construido profusa obra de gran envergadura en todo el mundo. Ha producido más de mil proyectos en 35 países del mundo, entre los que pueden destacarse: la sede mundial de Cartier en París, también en la capital francesa la serie de conjuntos residenciales en Noisy-le-Grand que constituyen una verdadera utopía del urbanismo posmodernista, y el complejo residencial «la Muralla Roja» en la playa valenciana de Calpe. Es imposible encontrar en Bofill fórmulas repetidas, deliberadamente impone a su estudio distintas problemáticas, temas y campos de experimentación y con análoga originalidad resuelve lo macro y lo micro. Su obra incluye conjuntos habitacionales de gran escala, aeropuertos, edificios de oficinas y residencias, reconociendo siempre el contexto, no sólo geográfico sino también histórico de los proyectos.

Su estudio tiene sede en una fábrica de cemento reciclada de Barcelona; conocida simplemente como «la fábrica» y que es un hito arquitectónico en sí misma como fiel exponente de la trayectoria posmodernista de Bofill. La primera fábrica de cemento de España hospeda además de su hogar, una gran diversidad de espacios de trabajo y de experimentación donde prima el concreto visto en composición con signos propios del neogótico catalán y el racionalismo fabril. Una suerte de misterio arqueológico circundado por jardines exuberantes altamente inspiradores.

En nuestra entrevista, Bofill manifestó su agrado por finalmente poder contribuir a la transformación que se está llevando a cabo en Miami. Tiene también una relación especial con Latinoamérica y en particular con México, ya que ha sido amigo íntimo del maestro Barragán, a través del cual pudo conocer la excelencia de la tradición arquitectónica mexicana.

Bofill describe una época de la disciplina donde la arquitectura de autor de los starchitects se contrapone al anonimato y falta de compromiso de grandes ingenierías promovidas por inmensos grupos económicos, lo que a su parecer, genera un contexto de confusión y desconcierto. Considera fundamental volver a las referencias históricas y culturales en donde se redescubra el valor del detalle y la expresión. En contraposición a la absurda carrera por un lugar en el podio de las torres más altas o del edificio más raro, proponer una arquitectura que resuelva problemas reales y que genere espacios de calidad no solo en términos técnicos y del confort sino también en respuesta a un sentido amplio de la cultura y que a la vez pueda atender al mercado desde una concepción práctica de la flexibilidad y la economía.

Tal es el caso del condominio 3900 Alton, un edificio de baja altura y densidad que alberga apartamentos de distintas superficies, de escalas cuidadas donde se exhiben resoluciones magistrales de los detalles. En sintonía con las condiciones climáticas que valora del sitio, Bofill propone para Miami una arquitectura que responde al contexto, de asoleamientos controlados, amplias visuales a un entorno de vegetación tropical y vistas privilegiadas de la ciudad y la bahía. Con tipologías de apartamentos de gran flexibilidad, se plantea un lenguaje minimalista que permite que el usuario complete su estilo de vida reconfigurando espacios y añadiendo su estética personal. A la horizontalidad de losas esbeltas e ingrávidas se suma la predominancia del vidrio trabajado de manera singular donde la expresión exterior del edificio se completa con el juego pospositivo de transparencias y reflejos.

También conversamos con Camilo Miguel Jr., CEO de Mast Capital, empresa que está llevando adelante el desarrollo de este emprendimiento. Miguel afirma que un solar de estas características tan bien ubicado no podía menos que contar con un arquitecto del calibre de Ricardo Bofill. Considera crucial el diseño como factor determinante en el primer inicio de la concepción de sus emprendimientos y ha establecido con Bofill una excelente química de trabajo que ha permitido el desarrollo de este gran proyecto. Se proponen redefinir la tipología de condominio, apelando a la simplicidad y a un sentido sobrio del lujo para propiciar un estilo de vida particular. Una gran cantidad de ammenities potencian la propuesta: piscina, gimnasio, guardería para niños, centro de negocios y salones sociales inmersos en un paisajismo de diseño exquisito, autoría de la firma local Naturalficial y engalanados con obras de los artistas Fernando Mastrangelo y Loris Cecchini. Teniendo en cuenta que serán sólo 78 las residencias que disfrutarán de estas sofisticadas cualidades y comodidades, se evidencia el carácter exclusivo del emprendimiento con lo que esperan atraer a residentes e inversores de todo el mundo.

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Spanish Architect Ricardo Bofill on Breaking Ground in Miami Beach

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 OceanDrive
Catalan master architect Ricardo Bofill makes his American condominium design debut with developer Camilo Miquel Jr.'s 3900 Alton.

The growing roster of high-profile residential structures and hotels transforming Mid-Beach is about to get even longer. Set to break ground next year, 3900 Alton will be a glass-walled eight-story building with generous loggia-style balconies and a wild botanical scheme, created by the Miami-based landscape architectural firm Naturalficial.

“The building’s envelope and liquid-edge condition provide requisite privacy while capitalizing on some of the most iconic sunset views in Miami Beach,” says master Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill. Being developed by Mast Capital, whose CEO and founder, Camilo Miguel Jr., has tapped a number of acclaimed artists to fashion installations for the public spaces, the residential complex has already allied with the Eden Roc hotel to offer future residents benefits at its spa; its soon-to-open restaurant, Malibu Farm; and its private beach.

Features such as smart-phone-accessible home automation, plus amenities like beach butlers and a house Tesla car and charging stations, will amp up the luxury with restrained style. One- to four-bedroom units are available, starting at $778,000. 3900 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-521-1518

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Camilo Miguel Creates a One-of-a-Kind Development with a Ricardo Bofill Debut

JUNE 10, 2016 Haute Living

CEO and founder of Mast Capital, Camilo Miguel is redefining luxury real estate with his newest endeavor, 3900 Alton. Located in the Garden District within Mid-Beach, one of the liveliest and culturally rich places in Miami Beach, the luxurious 78-residential property offers top-tier amenities, design and a Miami Beach address, all at an attractive price.

“I believe exclusivity is about being one of the few not one of the many,” Miguel says.

In order to elevate the development’s offerings, Miguel and his team spent a lot of time curating what he calls “the quintessential Miami Beach luxury lifestyle.” “Less density, more amenities, high design, culture, art, sunset views, location and high quality is what defines 3900 Alton,” says Miguel.

“It is impossible to find a comparable new development in Miami Beach at the same price point. It’s an extraordinary value proposition.”

Details of the curated experience include Poliform kitchens, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, collections of famed artwork from Fernando Mastrangelo, Loris Cecchini and Philip Taaffe featured throughout the common areas, fully amenitized pool deck and gardens, as well as a Tesla house car that will chauffeur residents to and from the Nobu Hotel Eden Roc beach club (where residents receive VIP access).

As various submarkets in Miami continue to flourish, creating new and exciting food and entertainment options, 3900 Alton’s central location in Mid-Beach is unmatched in terms of convenience and connectivity to the established and emerging neighborhoods,” Miguel says. “Everyone can see the nucleus of Miami Beach has moved further north. 3900 Alton was a truly one-of a kind site and will become the building of choice for a luxury Mid-Beach lifestyle.”

Miguel partnered with internationally acclaimed architect Ricardo Bofill on the project, marking Bofill’s United States condominium debut. The two worked together to ensure that every architectural element enhanced the views of Biscayne Bay and elevated the surrounding community.

“Working with Bofill was amazing,” Miguel says. “He was able to achieve timeless elegance and functional design. When he creates something, he thinks through each choice and its impact so every element of his design enhances the overall experience.”

Miguel’s singular vision of delivering excellence has shaped Mast Capital into a leading investor and developer of high-end condo, hospitality, multi family, office and retail. Mast’s strong balance sheet and prolific access to capital cultivated over years of effective execution has allowed them to pursue opportunities of any size and breadth. Mast has been able to unlock interesting real estate opportunities in high barrier to entry markets and to curate a vision of luxury through their residential and hospitality development projects.

As a lifelong Miami resident, Miguel will continue to develop throughout the Magic City and only foresees great things to come. “I’ve lived in Miami almost my entire life. It is my home and my future, and I’m committed to enhancing the city in meaningful ways,” says Miguel. “The lifestyle that Miami offers people is amazing. You get to live in an international, urban setting, with the best in design, art and cuisine, all within a tropical paradise by the beach. It’s one of the greatest cities in the world,” he declares.

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Fernando Mastrangelo casts Fade furniture from dyed cement

May 13, 2016 Dezeen | architecture and design magazine

New York 2016: Brooklyn artist Fernando Mastrangelo has used cement to create a range of furniture with subtle patterns and pastel colours.

On show at the Sight Unseen Offsite exhibition, which opens today in Manhattan's Grace Building, the Fade series forms part of Mastrangelo's MMaterial collection of sculptural furniture.

It includes a desk and a series of drum-shaped stools, all created using the same production technique.

Mastrangelo casts the pieces from cement, which is hand-dyed with pigments in various pastel shades. He mixes the powdery substance with water to form mortar, rather than adding the traditional aggregates to bind it together into concrete.

"The pieces are strictly made with cement, which is a material I've been exploring for a while, but I really got a chance to push the subtly and beauty of what cement can do," Mastrangelo told Dezeen.

"Without the aggregate, I can really explore the line quality of the cement pours," he added. "Layer by layer I can shift from tone to tone without having to blend in any aggregate."

To create the cylindrical stools, the material is poured into a fibreglass mould in layers that are left to dry before the next is added on top.

These layers have deeper colours at the base and become incrementally lighter towards the top, or create a pastel rainbow. To finish, the pieces are sanded to a polished finish and sealed.

The desk features similar striations that run lengthways along its surface and down the two solid legs, while a series of wall hangings also feature similar patterns.

"The effect I wanted to achieve with the series was to transform what some might think of as a rugged, industrial material into a soft, sensual one that evokes a peaceful and almost serene sensibility," said Mastrangelo.

The artist often experiments with materials and texture in his work. At New York's Collective Design fair earlier this month, he presented a collection of furniture pieces created by mixing sand, powdered glass, mirror and cement.

This year's Sight Unseen Offsite takes place on the 15th floor of the Grace Building, 1114 Avenue of the Americas, from 13 to 16 May 2016.

The annual showcase of emerging design talent is curated by Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer, who run online magazine Sight Unseen.

Highlights from the 2015 edition included blackened steel furniture, ombre wallpaper and tinted-glass tables.

Sight Unseen Offsite forms part of the wider NYCxDesign event, running citywide from 3 to 17 May 2016. It is one of Dezeen's top picks of exhibitions around New York during the festival, along with a showcase of Norway's established and up-and-coming talent and Lee Broom's first shop in the city.

3900 Alton Hosted Luncheons at Nobu Miami Beach

MAY 12, 2016 Miami Fashion Spotlight

On May 5th and May 6th, Mast Capital CEO Camilo Miguel, Jr. and the 3900 Alton team hosted two intimate luncheons at Nobu Miami Beach to celebrate the development’s beach club partnership with Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach. Miami’s top brokers mixed and mingled while enjoying the restaurant’s signature dishes and discussing everything 3900 Alton.

Guests included: Host Camilo Miguel Jr., CEO of Mast Capital; Christina Cuervo, Mast Capital; Eddie Otero, Mast Capital; Edgardo Defortuna, CEO Fortune International Group; Eduardo Imery, Fortune International Group; Andres Asion; Sorah Daiha; Jacqueline Moss; Ileana Caballero; Alberto and Carla Galante; Dana Scalione; Mark Bartlett; Gabriela Soto; Jackie Zaidan; Lenzie Mohor, among others.

Fernando Mastrangelo: Getting Granular

May 04, 2016 The New York Times

Some furniture designers favor Brazilian hardwoods; others, welded steel. The Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata was a master of acrylic. The Italian postmodernist Ettore Sottsass did wonders with Corian.

Fernando Mastrangelo? His signature material is salt.

Mr. Mastrangelo, 37, a sculptor and designer in Brooklyn, has perfected the technique of binding salt and other granulated substances like sugar, quartz crystals and coffee grounds with resin and using the mixture to make furniture. Many of his pieces have rough surfaces that look as if they’ve been gnawed by a plague of locusts in the most attractive way.

“I was looking for a material that could speak about life and death in one swoop,” said Mr. Mastrangelo, who was born in the United States to Uruguayan parents, raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and worked early on as an assistant to the artist Matthew Barney. He sees a paradox in salt’s capacity both to preserve and destroy. It keeps shipboard grub edible and is used to mummify bodies, “but it also has this way of deteriorating anything that comes into contact with it.”

Mr. Mastrangelo has taken salt to its limits, casting it in a hypnotic 25-foot-high wall sculpture for the technology mogul Sean Parker’s West Village townhouse. The project took two years, six months of which were spent on the installation alone. Completed in 2014, it was, the artist said, a pivotal point in his career, his savory spot.

In 2014 he began producing furniture under the brand MMaterial, while issuing limited-edition designs as FMS Studio.

A sofa from Mr. Mastrangelo’s Drift series.

At the Collective design show this month, Mr. Mastrangelo is exhibiting Drift, FMS Studio work that seems to be hewed from rock. This time, don’t thank salt — thank sand.

For these six pieces — including a sofa, bench and mirrors — he cast layers of blue sand in hand-carved molds to imitate the ombré effect of glaciers. (He was inspired by a 4,000-mile motorcycle journey he made with his friend the actor Boyd Holbrook, from Santiago, Chile, to Patagonia.)

But sodium chloride will be back in the game soon. Mr. Mastrangelo is planning a trip to the Dead Sea, the holy grail of salt lovers and the theme of next year’s collection.

Global by design

April 01, 2016 TheRealDeal

Miami-Dade is an international hotspot. About 55 percent of the county’s population is foreign-born and it was foreign investors who reenergized Miami’s real estate market following the fall of Lehman Brothers and the ensuing financial crisis.

Yet despite the area’s global appeal, most developers have been content until recently with retaining local architects to design their buildings. Not anymore.

An increasing number of private developers are looking all over the world for architectural superstars to design their products. Rodolphe el­Khoury, dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture, said local developers are casting a “wide net” for acclaimed architects. The hunt is also a “recent phenomenon,” which started taking place in earnest within the last three years, he added.

“A lot of developers now see a value in having one of those big name architects designing their building,” el­Khoury told The Real Deal. A lot of that value is promotional. But not all of it. “You can say that this is just a fad and it’s all about marketing and branding,” el­Khoury said, “but that is a limited, cynical view. It is really about delivering a better product.”

David Martin, president of the development firm Terra Group, said he appreciates the knowledge that renowned foreign­born architects bring to a project. “I learned how to be a better developer,” Martin said. “That’s why we work with some of these amazing people and why we want to bring them to Miami to learn our city and our ecosystem.”

Below, meet some of the architects from abroad who have recently entered Miami’s market.

Renzo Piano

In the course of his 51­year career in architecture, Italian architect Renzo Piano has won several accolades for his work, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize, which is basically the Pulitzer Prize for architecture.

Piano’s firm, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, has designed more than 120 projects across the planet, including the Menil Collection in Houston, the Tjibaou Cultural Center in New Caledonia, the Kansai International Airport Terminal in Osaka, London Bridge Tower (the Shard) in London and the new Whitney Museum in New York.

Now Piano, 78, has finished plans for his first condo project in Miami.

“He is just an amazing gentleman,” said Martin. “He’s someone who has accomplished so much.” Martin said Piano was the perfect man to design Eighty Seven Park, a future 233­foot­tall oceanfront luxury condominium tower in Miami Beach at 8701 Collins Avenue, where units are being marketed for as high as $20 million.

Renzo Piano

An increasing number of private developers are looking all over the world for architectural superstars to design their products. Rodolphe el­Khoury, dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture, said local developers are casting a “wide net” for acclaimed architects. The hunt is also a “recent phenomenon,” which started taking place in earnest within the last three years, he added.

For the last 30 years, Lissoni and his Milan­based firm, Lissoni Associati, has designed hotels, apartments, offices, showrooms, houses and even yachts all over the globe. Lissoni’s entry into South Florida’s real estate market was via Lionheart Capital. In 2012, the Miami­based real estate development firm hired him to design the Ritz­Carlton Residences Miami Beach by Surprise Lake. His task: help convert the former Miami

It was a long process, one that is scheduled to finally end in late 2016. The challenging job earned Lissoni several admirers and, more importantly, additional assignments. Among those jobs is the 28­story Oceana Bal Harbour and the 53­story ONE Paraiso in Miami’s Edgewater. Both projects are due for completion in 2017.

Isay Weinfeld, 64, knows how to create aesthetic hideouts in dense urban environments, according to Josh Weissenstein, a director at New York­based HFZ Capital Group. That is one of the main reasons HFZ hired the Brazilian architect to design the transformation of South Beach’s Shore Club into the first Fasano­branded project in the U.S. and, incidentally, Weinfeld’s first project in South Florida.

Ricardo Bofill

“Renzo has worked all over Europe building these amazing museums and structures,” Martin said. “And what I found in every project he did is that it’s connected to nature.”

That was one of the reasons Martin sought Piano to build a “simple and elegant” building that would match the green natural surroundings that can be found in nearby North Shore Open Space Park, as well as the development’s own two­acre private park. “It was truly an honor to work with him.” Martin said.

Thomas Juul­Hansen

Thomas Juul­Hansen, 46, was born in Copenhagen and journeyed to Miami at the age of 18, soon after graduating high school in Denmark.

“It was supposed to be a short period of time,” Juul­Hansen, who ended up staying for nearly six years, told TRD. “I ended up liking this country a lot more than Denmark,” he said. It was at the University of Miami where Juul­Hansen got his undergraduate degree in architecture. He went on to get his master’s degree in architecture at Harvard and wandered the States for a while, before landing a job at Richard Meier and Partners in New York. He later set up his own practice in the Big Apple, designing condos for billionaires.

Three Hundred Collins

His first design project in South Florida is Three Hundred Collins, a 19­unit South Beach boutique condo that’s being developed by Jason Halpern, the founder and managing partner of JMH Development.

“It’s always interesting to try and decipher what the DNA is for the site you’re working at,” Juul­Hansen said. “We were trying to figure out what Miami Beach is all about, what the architecture of Miami Beach is all about, and then find our own interpretation.”

What he came up with was a building with deep balconies that are big enough to create an outdoor living room and a 75­foot long private rooftop pool. Juul­Hansen plans to collaborate with Halpern again for a future condo project in Surfside.

“Miami is all about the outdoors” he said. “We would like to do more projects here, especially in the winter time.”

Ricardo Bofill, a Spanish architect who founded Taller de Arquitectura in 1963, has designed government buildings, theaters, airports, train stations, retail centers, hotels, apartment complexes, condominiums and office towers.

Those projects can be seen all over the world, including in Spain, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, China and Japan and in countries in South America and states in the U.S., too.

But in South Florida, Bofill’s contribution to date has been limited to designing a waterfront mansion for Mexican singer Paulina Rubio.

That’s about to change. Camilo Miguel, Jr., the chief executive officer of Mast Capital, retained Bofill to create 3900 Alton Road, an eight­story luxury condo development in Miami Beach set to break ground in 2017. Miguel told TRD in an email exchange that he obtained Bofill’s architectural services because “it was important to have someone whose talents aligned with our vision of elegant simplicity while also integrating the highest quality.”

The 76­year­old architect’s reputation doesn’t hurt either. “The arrival of an architect like Ricardo Bofill signifies how dynamic and exciting the South Florida market has become,” Miguel noted. Bofill said his design for 3900 Alton Road was inspired by water.

“When first visiting the site, I immediately thought of the surrounding water and I imagined a transparent building, a fluid floating weightless object,” the architect told TRD. “The challenge was to make a contemporary yet classical design.”

The result is a layer L­shaped building with a “glass­skin, connecting streams where energy and space flow,” Bofill said. “Gardens are introduced to create an ecological scheme that not only makes the building more sustainable but allows the building to become alive.”

Piero Lissoni

In 2014, Haw left Foster + Partners to form his own New York­based firm, Brandon Haw Architecture. Soon afterward, Argentine developer Alan Faena retained Haw to build Faena Versailles Contemporary, a 16­story condo tower just a block away from Faena House in Miami Beach, with views of the ocean from aerodynamic balconies designed to generate Ritz Carlton Residences Miami Beach

Piero Lissoni always wanted to work in metropolitan Miami. He just never had the chance until recently. According to the 60­year­old Italian architect, as recently as 10 years ago most private projects were restricted to South Florida­based architects.

“Now a lot of architects are starting to work in Miami,” Lissoni told TRD. “They’re designing new museums, new theaters, new public spaces, new schools and, of course, new homes.”

For the last 30 years, Lissoni and his Milan­based firm, Lissoni Associati, has designed hotels, apartments, offices, showrooms, houses and even yachts all over the globe. Lissoni’s entry into South Florida’s real estate market was via Lionheart Capital. In 2012, the Miami­based real estate development firm hired him to design the Ritz­Carlton Residences Miami Beach by Surprise Lake. His task: help convert the former Miami Heart Institute into a 111­unit luxury condo complex.

It was a long process, one that is scheduled to finally end in late 2016. The challenging job earned Lissoni several admirers and, more importantly, additional assignments. Among those jobs is the 28­ story Oceana Bal Harbour and the 53­story ONE Paraiso in Miami’s Edgewater. Both projects are due for completion in 2017.

Isay WeiNfeld

Isay Weinfeld, 64, knows how to create aesthetic hideouts in dense urban environments, according to Josh Weissenstein, a director at New York­based HFZ Capital Group. That is one of the main reasons HFZ hired the Brazilian architect to design the transformation of South Beach’s Shore Club into the first Fasano­branded project in the U.S. and, incidentally, Weinfeld’s first project in South Florida.

“His appreciation for the harmonious relationship between indoor and outdoor living pairs perfectly with our vision for Fasano Miami Beach,” Weissenstein told TRD by email. That vision, as described by Weissenstein, was the creation of a three­acre “oasis” for 67 condo units and 85 hotel rooms. It helped that Weinfeld’s extensive portfolio includes designing the flagship Fasano Hotel in São Paulo, the Fasano Las Piedras “hospitality complex” in Uruguay and the Fasano­branded Fazenda Boa Vista residential resort in Porto Feliz, Brazil. “Isay’s rich history with the Fasano brand fuels his excitement for bringing the brand to the U.S. with us in Miami Beach,” Weissenstein noted.

Brandon Haw

When you build new projects along the historic Collins Avenue in Miami Beach’s Mid­Beach neighborhood, you have to make sure they fit within the corridor’s dynamic architectural tapestry, Brandon Haw said.

The 55­year­old architect from London compared such a task to arranging a chess board with black and white pieces. While the pieces have different shapes and functions, Haw noted, you can’t just place a red chess piece in the middle of the board. Haw spent the last 26 years at Foster + Partners, an innovative architecture firm led by the renowned British architect Norman Foster. As a senior partner, Haw supervised the designing of Hearst Tower in New York, HSBC’s United Kingdom headquarters in London and the Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt.

In 2013, Foster put Haw in charge of designing the 18­story Faena House in Miami Beach, where residences were reportedly fetching an average price of $3,130 a square foot as of February. In 2014, Haw left Foster + Partners to form his own New York­based firm, Brandon Haw Architecture. Soon afterward, Argentine developer Alan Faena retained Haw to build Faena Versailles Contemporary, a 16­story condo tower just a block away from Faena House in Miami Beach, with views of the ocean from aerodynamic balconies designed to generate less wind pressure.

Haw said he’s talking to “a small number of people” to build additional projects elsewhere in South Florida and that he’s particularly interested in boutique offices or institutional buildings. “It’s not all about hig

On the scene at the sales launch for 3900 Alton

March 17, 2016 TheRealDeal

Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill made his U.S. condo debut at the sales launch of 3900 Alton on Tuesday. Mast Capital held a private dinner at the project’s sales center in Miami Beach.

The eight-story, 78-unit development is Bofill’s first condo project in the United States. Bofill heads Barcelona-based Taller de Arquitectura, which has designed more than 1,000 projects in 50 countries. The units, which will range from 927 square feet to 2,182 square feet, include floor-to-ceiling windows, home automation systems, designer kitchens, 10-foot ceilings, open floor plans and direct elevator access.

Prices start at $790,000, and Fortune International Group is the project’s exclusive sales and marketing firm. When completed in 2018, 3900 Alton will feature art collections and installations, an elevated garden and amenities deck, a fitness center, kids play room, business center, a pool deck and electric car charging stations. Property records show Mast Capital, led by CEO Camilo Miguel Jr., paid about $17 million for the 1.9-acre property in 2014.

Mast Capital Honors Architect Ricardo Bofill with Private Dinner at 3900 Alton

March 15, 2016 worldredeye

Miami Beach, FL – March 15, 2016 – One of Miami’s premier luxury real estate developers, Camilo Miguel, Jr., CEO of Mast Capital, hosted an intimate garden dinner to celebrate Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill’s U.S. condominium debut at Miguel’s recently launched 3900 Alton luxury residential development.The celebration took place within the newly-constructed sales lounge for 3900 Alton.

Guests from the spheres of art, business, real estate and design joined to honor Bofill, who flew in from Barcelona, Spain to attend the event. As violinists played during the cocktail reception, guests leisurely explored the expansive sales gallery before sitting down to an exquisite dinner presentation, catered by faire la fete. An instrumental ensemble led by jazz vocalist Keba performed throughout the dinner.

3900 Alton marks a new destination for refined living in Miami’s Mid-Beach. Once completed in 2018, the property will offer an enclave of luxury, convenience and sophisticated leisure for its 78 elegantly-appointed residences. Every detail and architectural component will complement the surrounding environment with spaces bathed in natural light, while Bofill’s transparent glass design will highlight Biscayne Bay’s transcendent views from dawn to dusk. 3900 Alton will offer residents an expansive suite of services and amenities inherent to the Miami Beach lifestyle, including VIP beach club access at Nobu Eden Roc and chauffeur service via the house Tesla car. Sales are exclusively led by Fortune International Group.

Luxury condo launches in surprising spot: Miami Beach’s Biscayne Bay side

February 11, 2016 Miami Herald

Soaring prices for oceanfront land on Miami Beach have led luxury developers to seek other spots to build on the barrier island.

The latest such project to launch is an eight-story, 78-unit tower at 3900 Alton Rd. in Mid-Beach overlooking Biscayne Bay. Called 3900 Alton, it will be the first residential building in the U.S. by award-winning Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill.

Units range from 927 square feet to more than 2,100 square feet. Prices start at $790,000 and go up to about $2.8 million.

Developer Camilo Miguel said lower land costs allow units at the new building to sell for an average of $950 per square foot, compared to between $2,000 and $3,000 per square foot for oceanfront properties.

“From a price point, it’s an incredible opportunity for someone to live a Miami Beach lifestyle,” Miguel said. His company, Mast Capital, paid about $17.1 million for the 1.8-acre site last year.

Amenities include a pool deck, children’s playroom, business center, gym and high-end fixtures and finishes.

Other developments on the Biscayne side of Mid-Beach include the Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach, an ultra-luxury condo project on the site of the old Miami Heart Institute. Prices start at $2 million.

Mast Capital launches sales for 3900 Alton in Miami Beach

February 15, 2016 The Real Deal

Miami Beach developer Mast Capital has launched sales for 3900 Alton, a mid-rise condominium designed by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill. The eight-story, 78-unit development is the first condo project for Bofill in the United States, who heads Barcelona-based Taller de Arquitectura.

Mast Capital, led by Camilo Miguel, bought the 1.9-acre parking lot by the I-195 ramp in Miami Beach, in October 2014. Talmudic University, a Jewish Orthodox yeshiva, sold the property for about $17 million. Last fall, the Miami Beach Design Review Board approved the developer’s plans for 3900 Alton Road. The units, which will range from one-bedroom to four-bedrooms, include floor-to-ceiling windows, home automation systems, designer kitchens, 10-foot ceilings, open floor plans and direct elevator access.

Square footage for units will be between 927 square feet and 2,182 square feet. Fortune Development Sales is the project’s exclusive sales and marketing firm. Prices start at $790,000, according to a spokesperson. In a statement, Miguel called the project “a heavily-amenitized residence that is an unparalleled value proposition where every detail of luxury living is considered, from curated art collections to a partnership with Nobu Eden Roc to a chauffeur service via house Tesla car.” 3900 Alton will also feature art collections and installations curated by ICart, according to marketing materials.

Common amenities will include an elevated garden and amenities deck, a fitness center, kids play room, business center, a pool deck and electric vehicle charging stations. Talmudic University originally had plans to build new dorms, apartments and classrooms until BB&T sought to foreclose on the entire 2.3-acre parcel. The foreclosure suits were eventually settled and Talmudic sold the parking lot to Mast Capital. The yeshiva still owns the adjacent site to the north.

ricardo bofill plans 3900 alton residences for miami beach

March 5, 2016 designboom

Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill has added his name to the long list of acclaimed designers working in the Miami region. Drawing upon the city’s distinct architecture, its proximity to the water, and its natural vegetation, Bofill has sought to create an urban oasis comprised of 78 luxury residences. Named 3900 Alton, the eight-story scheme synthesizes classical and geometric forms with a wild botanical garden that crawls up the walls of the podium and over the pool deck.

Bofill’s studio is also responsible for the building’s interiors, where open-plan living spaces are bathed in natural light. Floor-to-ceiling windows lend the scheme a sense of lightness and transparency, highlighting views of the adjacent Biscayne Bay throughout the day. The majority of residences are two-bedroom units, with 6 larger four-bed apartments. Each property boasts 10-foot ceilings, energy efficient windows, and a host of high-end appliances. Shared amenities include a kids play room, a business center, a fitness center, and a Tesla house car.

The project is being developed by Mast Capital, with Miami-based Naturalficial serving as landscape architect. The project also includes the work of artists Fernando Mastrangelo and Loris Cecchini. Located in close proximity to the Miami Design District, the Faena District, and Sunset Harbor, 3900 Alton is architect Ricardo Bofill’s first large-scale condominium project in the United States.

Ricardo Bofill Makes US Condominium Debut with 3900 Alton in Miami Beach

March 6, 2016 Arch Daily

Framed by Florida's picturesque Biscayne Bay, 3900 Alton Road will be architect Ricardo Bofill’s first condominium project in the United States. With 78 residences in a variety of sizes, and amenities including pools, electric vehicle charging stations and artwork by Fernando Mastrangelo and Loris Cecchini, the elegant new tower will be an “urban oasis” in Miami Beach.

Located near the Faena District, Miami Design District, and Sunset Harbour, 3900 Alton is situated squarely in Mid-Beach, on a highly sought after site.

Complementing the nearby body of water, Bofill’s design incorporates a sense of transparency, with water-like glass amid plant life that crawls up walls and over decks. Natural light will bathe Bofill’s transparent designs, highlighting views from Biscayne Bay from sunrise to sunset.