richard meier & partners reveals designs for the surf club
all images courtesy of richard meier & partners




richard meier & partners redevelop the ‘the surf club’, a historic 1930 structure, into a two tower hotel with panoramic views overlooking the atlantic ocean. located in miami, florida, the former private club, will now include an elegant hospitality and residential experience. the nine-acre site will host a resort with two residential towers, two restaurants, four swimming pools, a private membership club, a spa and fitness center, and more than 40 beach cabanas stretching over 965 feet of oceanscape. greenery is present with an added park and various gardens.


‘the surf club offers a unique opportunity to create an important addition to the built environment, one which affects a balance between the natural beauty of the expansive oceanfront site, and the desire for a new definition of luxury. incorporating the historic structure; remaining sensitive to the gracious, low-rise context of surfside, florida; and further exploring the relationship between structure and sea has been a wonderful project for the firm. with the addition of four seasons, i feel confident that the homes and penthouses we have created will be enjoyed to their fullest,’ states richard meier.

the original surf club with the new towers settled behind




the two, 12-story towers, are home to hotel rooms and 150 penthouses and private residences ranging from 1400-8000 square feet. challenges to the project included how to create harmony between the vast hotel into the many low-rise buildings of surfside, florida. as well as to carefully balance the existing courtyard of ‘the surf club’, a building with great significance to the community, with the verticality of the new residences. bernhard karpf, associate partner from richard meier & partners, comments, ‘this is achieved through the careful calibration of architectural proportions and of functional requirements. the unifying strategy for the whole project is the consistent introduction of natural light, and the establishment of visual corridors both of which will connect the old with the new buildings. this dialogue between the old and the new supports the notion of the surf club as a unique destination in the context of recent miami developments anchored in the cultural history of its place and in the contemporary lifestyle of florida’s largest city.’

‘the surf club’ is the first project in the miami area for richard meier & partners

interiors and finishes are personally selected by richard meier

views look over the ocean and downtown miami




the four seasons, a luxury hospitality company, will brand and manage ‘the surf club’, and the hotel is scheduled to be completed in early 2016, in collaboration with kobi karp architecture.


‘we are excited to partner with fort capital and richard meier – visionaries who have embraced the surf club’s rich history and provenance while boldly reimagining its future,’ says scott woroch, executive vice president worldwide development, four seasons hotels and resorts.



project info:


location: surfside, florida, USA
program: residential apartments, surf club, hotel, restaurants, spa, gym and parking
design team: richard meier+bernhard karpf
project architects: jerome engelking+amalia rusconi-clerici
project team: ivan adelson, remy bertin, pablo costa, rachel cusimano, aurora farewell, henry jarzabkowski, john jourden, bori kang, aung thu kyaw, richard liu, diana lui, alison macbeth, amir mikhaeil, hans put, hee-joo shi, steven sze
associate architect: kobi karp architecture and interior design (kkaid)
major materials: aluminum curtain wall, glass, white aluminum panels and stucco
building height office tower: 147 ft
floors: 11 residential | 1 amenities | 1 parking
floor area: 900,000 sf gross total | 720,000 sf residential | 180,000 sf hotel and amenities