bjarke ingels / BIG breaks ground on grove at grand bay, miami
bjarke ingels / BIG breaks ground on grove at grand bay, miami bjarke ingels / BIG breaks ground on grove at grand bay, miami
dec 22, 2013

bjarke ingels / BIG breaks ground on grove at grand bay, miami

the bjarke ingels group-led coconut grove development ‘grove at grand bay’ that broke ground earlier this year, will see the addition of two residential towers that respond to the existing vernacular architecture of miami, and respect the lush flora and fauna for which the area the district is known for.


leading miami real estate development company terra group commissioned the new york and copenhagen-based architect for the luxury condominium project which is situated on the former five star grand bay hotel site, on south bayshore drive. though located apart from south beach and downtown miami, the site is only a few minutes away by car, and within walking distance of coconut grove’s various boutiques, cafés, fine restaurants, renowned cultural instituations and entertainment venues; and is in close proximity to private schools, hospitals and the adrienne arsht center.


see designboom’s coverage of BIG architect’s ‘grove at grand bay’ when it was first revealed here.



bjarke ingels on designing the grove at grand bay, miami
video courtesy of grove at grand bay




the 98-unit ‘grove at grand bay’ build will comprise a pair of distinct 20-storey structures that will emerge from the ground, twisting slightly at a 38-degree angle to optimize lookouts from the 12-foot deep wraparound balconies, in order to capture full panoramic views of the nearby marina and sailboat bays. 12-foot high floor-to-ceiling glazing, with full-length glass sliding doors leading out to the terraces maintain this feeling of openness and connection to the lush tropical gardens and vistas of coconut grove.

the two towers twist at 38-degree angle creating a dancing silhouette along the miami skyline
image courtesy of bjarke ingels group / BIG architects




amenities will comprise: five pools for all residents, including two on the rooftop; a pet spa service; library; 2,500-square-foot fitness center; 1,700-square-foot wellness spa with private treatment rooms; children’s playground and play area; residents’ lounge; club room; curator-maintained art gallery; private elevator to each unit; as well as extensive support personnel: a full-time concierge; butler staff; and a private chef who creates a weekly menu, and whom is available for catered events.

approach at ground level
image courtesy of bjarke ingels group / BIG architects




the topography surrounding the ‘grove at grand bay’ has been taken into consideration as much as the built environment, with local landscape architect raymond jungles involved in seamlessly blending the architectonics of the scheme with the natural domain, through the integration of lush gardens that will see 469 trees and 15,000+ plantings integrated into the three-acre property.

pools and gardens
image courtesy of bjarke ingels group / BIG architects




BIG architect’s residential towers is part of terra group’s greater coconut grove development, which includes the transformation of the waterfront area with the realization of a mid-rise residential living programme designed by OMA.

rooftop pool during the day
image courtesy of bjarke ingels group / BIG architects

night view of the wrap around terraces
image courtesy of bjarke ingels group / BIG architects

concept model of the gently twisting towers
image courtesy of bjarke ingels group / BIG architects

alternate view of the towers’ profiles
image courtesy of bjarke ingels group / BIG architects

detail of the landscaping that will be integrated into the site
image courtesy of bjarke ingels group / BIG architects

detail of the concept model
image courtesy of bjarke ingels group / BIG architects

breaking ground ceremony of the ‘grove at grand bay’
from left: pedro martin, founder and CEO of terra group; bjarke ingels, founder of BIG architects; david martin, president of terra group; raymond jungles, landscape architect

‘grove at grand bay’ architect bjarke ingels



documentary of coconut grove and bjarke ingels’ vision for the area’s residential development
video courtesy of terra group



project info:


name: grove at grand bay
type: commission
client: terra group
location: coconut grove, miami, florida, USA
partner in charge: bjarke ingels, thomas christoffersen
project leader: leon rost
project manager: ziad shehab
team: ed yung, jitendra jain, brian foster, tiago barros, terrence chew, ji-young yoon, ho kyung lee, kasper hansen, greg knobloch, chris malcolm, cat huang, martin voelkle, maureen mcgee, chris falla, taylor mcnally-anderson, alana goldweit, mina rafiee, valerie lechene, chris gotfredsen
VSN, nichols brosch wurst wolfe & associates, inc., esrawe, desimone, HNGS, raymond jungles, OVI
58,900 sqm
status: under construction


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