GLASS residential tower by rene gonzalez and terra group
image © michael klausmeier
all images courtesy of terra group

 

 

 

florida-based  developers terra group have collaborated with rene gonzalez on an 18-storey residential tower located at the southern tip of miami beach. the light and ethereal building, termed ‘GLASS’, has been designed to reflect and respond to its immediate environment, featuring façades which seemingly disappear into the atmosphere. rising unobtrusively above the surrounding landscape, the structure dematerializes as it reaches its peak, with textured fritted glazing becoming more transparent as the tower climbs. the proposal establishes a strong sense of place through its use of materials, textures and colors, grounding the project and encapsulating the region’s natural environment.

 

 

GLASS residential tower by rene gonzalez and terra group
the luxurious penthouses which occupy the upper levels of the tower
image © michael klausmeier

 

 

 

the entrance to ‘GLASS’ is conceived as an immersive and experiential space, evoking a sense of transition. working alongside rene gonzalez, artist ivan toth depeña has created an interactive installation within the elevator, further extending the perceptions of movement which permeate the design. the work involves vibrant pixelated patterns of color at each level of the building communicating the gradual segue from water to sky.

 

 

GLASS residential tower by rene gonzalez and terra group
the structure dematerializes as it rises, becoming part of the surrounding environment
image © michael klausmeier

 

 

 

internally, the layout features open floor plans with panoramic views across the floridian coastline. at each storey, expansive terraces with floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors provide generous amounts of daylight for the properties, softening divisions of internal and external space. mirrored walls at each entry point reflect views of the atlantic ocean, ensuring a strong relationship is formed with the luxury condominium’s context. while all foyer and lobby areas contain bespoke ceiling lighting systems which echo and imitate different skyscapes.

 

terra group are involved in a number of high-profile projects in the miami region, with ongoing developments with renowned practices OMA and bjarke ingels group (BIG).

 

 

GLASS residential tower by rene gonzalez and terra group
expansive terraces offer panoramic views of the floridian coastline
image © michael klausmeier

 

 

GLASS residential tower by rene gonzalez and terra group
external areas of recreation overlook the harbor below
image © michael klausmeier

 

 

GLASS residential tower by rene gonzalez and terra group
the lobby evokes a sense of transition with an interactive installation housed within the elevator
image © michael klausmeier

 

 

GLASS residential tower by rene gonzalez and terra group
floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors provide vast amounts of daylight
image © michael klausmeier

 

 

GLASS residential tower by rene gonzalez and terra group
a typical living space, with extensive ocean views
image © michael klausmeier

 

 

GLASS residential tower by rene gonzalez and terra group
bathrooms are elegantly furnished with natural materials
image © michael klausmeier

 

 

GLASS residential tower by rene gonzalez and terra group
a generously proportioned marble-clad kitchen
image © michael klausmeier

 

 


GLASS documentary
video by terra group