Behold the glass tower where views, art and interior design converge in one sprawling, treasure-filled penthouse.
A sitting area decked out in Christian Lacroix Maison for Roche Bobois.
When Coconut Grove-based interior designer Nick Luaces first stepped into Grove at Grand Bay’s LPH 1 North, he was struck by “the sheer size, transparency and views,” he says. The almost 12,000-square-foot unit is the largest one-level apartment in South Florida. From the floor-to-ceiling windows of the twisty Bjarke Ingels-designed tower, you can look north and see Hard Rock Stadium (roughly 15 miles away), look east and see the cerulean water of the Atlantic Ocean ripple out beyond Key Biscayne, look south at the sailboats dotting Biscayne Bay, and look west over the canopy of Coconut Grove and Coral Gables, which turns all kinds of golden-red as the sun dips below the horizon. It’s impossible not to spend a good 20 minutes simply taking in the views on views on views. But when you finally do turn your back to the windows, the vistas inside are no less spectacular.
Artist Angelo Accardi’s Minions overlook the conference table in the office.
Posed with the unique challenge of “subdividing the enormous space while maintaining its great transparency,” Luaces used rotating vertical wood “fins” to give the living, dining and sitting room cadence without breaking up the space. From there, he says, “my plan was to let the individual areas achieve their own design identities.” Of course he had two helpers: an extensive art collection belonging to the owner (who wishes to remain unnamed) and the vast Roche Bobois showroom. Both came ready to lend pops of color.
The 3,000-square-foot master bedroom features two abstract landscapes by Jamali.
The focal point of the main living area is David Kracov’s layered metal wall sculpture with thousands of cyan, magenta, marigold and green butterflies taking flight. You can almost feel the flutter of their wings. Not to be outdone, a free-standing Britto cabinet-cum-sculpture opens to reveal a bedazzled Champagne bar worthy of Liberace. In the sitting room and office, two massive Angelo Accardi paintings introduce hits of pop culture you wouldn’t expect to see hanging on the wall of a very fancy home: blue Chuck Taylors—and Minions. Lots of tiny, one-eyed, overalled Minions. It’s art that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Because, really, why bother with pretension when you are living in a $29 million penthouse? Yes, this penthouse is newly listed with Douglas Elliman. “It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for living,” says agent Bragi Sigurdsson. “You could spend days never leaving the 3,000-square-foot master suite.”
The dining room is framed by two Wired Custom Lighting chandeliers and a one-of-a-kind sculpture by Romero Britto that holds a Champagne bar.
Throughout the space, Luaces punctuates rooms with bold colors, textures and shapes. Some of his vignettes are downright whimsical: The striped fuchsia Maison Lacroix ottoman in the master bedroom begs for a pampered pooch with its own Instagram account. Others are slightly intimidating: A pair of jet-black Swan Bergere chairs await visitors to the office. But the real jaw-droppers are the pieces that bring the outdoors in: a metallic sequin dotted sectional that dazzles during the golden hour as the sun’s setting rays flicker off the plush surface, the snow-white leather flight armchairs that give the feeling you are indeed floating among the clouds, a pair of Cédric Ragot lamps that reflect the ocean through the glass walls. And finally a kaleidoscope rug gives the impression that a rainbow came crashing through the window and onto the floor. That last one might sound a little crazy—if you weren’t already standing in a pot of gold.