The design objective was to stay true to the Art Deco and concrete stucco designs and geometrics of the historic Miami Beach architecture thus creating a new and modern edifice representing the new hospitality design direction of Miami.
That new edifice is a two-story building facing the ocean on the 2900 block of well-known Collins Ave. The hotel represents the only new-build in the area, and one of the last remaining vacant lots. The location enables the company to project the property into Collins Ave. with the two-story glass cube, which is nestled with horizontal terraces that bow out to the center line of the street, creating a strong geometrical repeating pattern. This projection embodies the AC Hotels philosophy of immersing travelers into the city and encouraging exploration beyond the hotel itself
The long façade of the AC, spanning an entire city block, zigzags to capture views of both the ‘putting green’ and ocean to the east and the Indian Creek waterway to the west. This is a classic midcentury architectural move, examples of which can also be seen in the Delano, Sherry Frontenac, and other hotels up and down Miami Beach. Meanwhile, the rooftop pool, another element inherited from the midcentury era, has expansive views in both directions.
The public spaces also allow for an abundance of natural light, and the only real barrier between you and the outside is a sheet of glass, further enhancing the philosophy of bringing guests outside to explore the city.
Founded in 1996 by Kobi Karp, Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, Inc. (KKAID) is a full-service architecture, interior, and planning firm providing a vast array of services ranging from the design of large-scale, high-rise condominium and hospitality projects to intimate to small-scale low-rise residential and commercial structures. Recognized by the American Institute of Architects, KKAID continues to innovate and inspire design.
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