Flamingo South Beach
By capitalizing on the unique assets of South Beach, Zyscovich transformed two 1960s 15-story, 550-unit residential towers for retirees into an urban 21st Century full-service South Beach resort for renters.
The $360 million project included the addition of a 32-story tower, 28 townhouses, 24 garden apartments, a 2,000-car garage, and a 4,000 SF state-of-the-art gym overlooking the water. The amenities included a business center, dry-cleaning drop-off, green grocer, magazine seller, cyber cafe, gathering areas wired for laptops, a 24-hour doorman and concierge service.
The interiors of the existing towers were gutted and then transformed by a complete renovation which included increasing the average unit size and adding new finishes, carpeting, ceiling, windows, doors, appliances, and air conditioning. The bathrooms were installed with new tubs, and each kitchen with new kitchen cabinets and appliances including a combination washer/dryer.
Above the 20th floor in the new tower, all kitchens and foyers were outfitted with wood flooring, stainless steel appliances, wood cabinets, and granite counters. The main lobby was designed as a modern gallery of geometric shapes and rich materials. Against starkly white walls and white terrazzo floors, architectural elements appeared as freestanding art objects. Furniture and art combined reds, yellows, and oranges. The gray carpeting of the corridors was patterned with ellipses in three different shades of orange, which mirror the form of the main tower.
Overall, the design created a high profile for the project, attracting renters and giving the complex the feel more of a resort than an apartment complex.