Through common areas designed by Raymond Jimenez, Founder and Creative Director of RAYMOND NICOLAS, Modera Edgewater tailors a luxury living experience to young professionals and creatives in the surrounding neighborhood. Three years of materializing his vision, along with current junior interior designer Antonio Rodriguez, has led to the successful execution of immaculate designs in 11,000-square-foot worth of common areas. These spaces include the lobby of the complex, business center, fitness center, conference rooms, and lounge areas.
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Fitting for its name, Modera Edgewater includes 297 units situated on the edge of Biscayne Bay, just 100 yards from the water. It offers views to Downtown Miami and South Beach, inspiring RAYMOND NICOLAS to make nods to the natural landscape in the creation of their designs. This led to the choice of a monochromatic color palette with varying pops of color as well as architecture that matched the facade of the complex.
The first common space, the boutique lobby, includes two levels with large porcelain tile floors mimicking poured concrete. Detailed columns and floor-to-ceiling windows elevate the space along with the gold marble reception desk. A bronze-mirrored structure serves not only as a design piece, but also as an American with Disabilities Act-compliant (ADA) desk.
The Clubroom remains the focal point of the common spaces. It contains four seating areas separated by double-sided television boxes and geometric columns. The flooring, made of two materials — herringbone oak wood and concrete — seeks to create a balance between industrial and refined elements of design. A floor-to-ceiling oak bookshelf stained black contributes to the sophistication of the space. Neutral-colored sofas sit atop light oak wood floors and encourage group gatherings.
The business center, residing on the second floor of the lobby, contains smaller spaces for individual work and conference areas for larger meetings. These spaces include geometric ‘Impression’ carpet tiles from ShawContract to optimize acoustics and add an element of texture. Modern, clean designs complement the lower reception level; in contrast, the darker monochromatic theme of the business center fosters an environment of productivity.
In terms of amenities, the apartment complex also offers residents two fitness centers, including a sauna and steam room. Green astroturf lined along the windows on the perimeter of the larger fitness center allows for the practice of exercises like lunges. The smaller room of the two includes Peloton bikes, a punching bag and a yoga studio. White wash Chicago brick and a white slatted ceiling border the greenwall behind the yoga studio, enhancing an atmosphere of tranquility.
The tremendous precision in the designs RAYMOND NICOLAS created for this property carefully balances the beautiful natural features of Biscayne Bay and its surrounding neighborhood with sophisticated, industrial elements of architecture.
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Photography by: Courtesy Kris Tamburello, Kris Tamburello Creations