Marek Reichman talks about Aston Martin residences


Aston Martin Residences: Marek Reichman and Germán Coto discuss the Miami project

One of Miami’s newest construction developments, Aston Martin Residences, has just ended its career; and its authors, Marek Reichman and Germán Coto, give us the details

Last month saw the official closing ceremony of the Aston Martin Residences, a new residential tower on the waterfront in downtown Miami. The result of a collaboration between G&G Business Developments, Rodolfo Miani of the Argentinian firm BMA Architects, and the design team of Aston Martin, the 66-storey tower is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Interior fittings will soon begin on site, including the Aston key Elements designed by Martin and flats commissioned by the Aston Martin design team.

Closing ceremony for the development in Miami, in November 2021

“It’s just phenomenal – there’s nothing to describe it,” says Marek Reichman, Creative Director of Aston Martin. Reichman has just made an informative helmet-wearing tour of the “very edge of the upper levels” of the construction site. The views are some of the best in town. “When we identified the site, we knew we had something special,” says Germán Coto, CEO of G&G. “We discussed this with our architects and said we wanted to add another design layer to the project. The partnership with Aston Martin was born.

A rendering of the roof terrace offered on the 55th floor

This is not the first time that an automobile manufacturer has ventured into the field of architecture. Miami is already home to the 2016 Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles, and there are also plans to build a Bentley-branded tower in the same area, construction of which is expected to begin in 2023. Italian automotive master Pininfarina has significantly expanded its architecture division in recent years, with both cultural and residential projects to his credit. But Reichman stresses that Aston Martin’s involvement is not just a branding exercise. Although Coto admits not being particularly familiar with Aston Martin at the start of the project, meeting Reichman for the first time has made him feel in good hands. “We trust people more than businesses,” he says. “It’s a relationship of honesty and integrity,” confirms Reichman. “We have real understanding in our eyes. ”

A rendering of the roof terrace offered on the 55th floor

The graceful curves of the 816-foot tower have little to do with the lines of Aston Martin sports cars; instead, the affinity is with the display of proportion and elegance of the brand. With the waterfront facade gently curving like a sail, the building is being built to meticulous tolerances and environmental regulations in a part of the world where architecture is increasingly under scrutiny. Nevertheless, the Residences still stand out among a grove of new towers. This is due in part to the dramatic notch on the 55th floor, where there is a large terrace opening onto the residents’ fitness center and spa, housing the outdoor infinity pool. Above this bridge rise the levels of the penthouse, rising as an entirely separate structure. The curved facade rests on a framework of sculptural concrete beams, giving each floor a very distinct character.

“The higher you go, the more unique the apartments become,” explains Reichman. The top-tier Penthouse Triplex has a projected price of $ 50 million; as a sweetener, the future owner will take the keys to one of the 24 Aston Martin Vulcan ever built. The 2015 track-only supercar alone is worth over $ 3 million. There will also be a “Signature Collection” of Aston Martin designed apartments, each supplied with a choice of an Aston Martin DB11 or DBX.

“It opened my eyes to the process of designing an architectural form,” admits Reichman. “In automotive design, I understand the relationship between a scale model and a full-size model. But with residences you don’t really get the impact until you see the final building. Coto emphasizes the close connection to Aston Martin’s design DNA, and while this graceful stroke could be interpreted as more automotive than architectural, it’s in the detailed design that things get interesting. “You wouldn’t think millimeters should matter in a building,” Reichman says, “but they do. We just looked at the door handles and how the leather stitching and leather details come together. Carbon fiber will also be widely used for lighting and furniture, deploying Aston Martin’s long experience in working with the material.

“Miami is a very cosmopolitan city,” Coto says. “The location definitely adds something more to the project. “

“It’s clearly a city that can cope with something like this,” agrees Reichman. Currently set to be Miami’s second tallest tower, 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way will also be the most carefully examined structure the city has ever seen. §

Germán Coto and Marek Reichman, alongside the Aston Martin Vulcan


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