Miami—The downtown Miami skyline is getting a new addition with the beginning of construction on Melo Group‘s Aria on the Bay condominium tower. In November, about 800 trucks completed the concrete foundation pour of more than 8,000 cubic yards of cement at the future site of the 53-story luxury tower, paving the way for vertical development of the property to begin.
The waterfront building, located at 1770 N. Bayshore Drive along Miami’s Biscayne Bay, began construction in May and is slated to be completed by late-2017. The tower will offer 648 one- to four-bedroom condos as well as exclusive three-story upper penthouses, with prices ranging from the $400,000s to more than $12 million. The property will also feature 20,000 square feet of commercial space on the lower floors, including office, retail and restaurant space at the ground level.
“More than a decade after delivering our first Miami tower, we’re proud to be building our firm’s most high-end and architecturally stunning project yet,” said Martin Melo, principal of the Melo Group. “With momentum building in the Arts & Entertainment District, Aria on the Bay will provide residents a walkable, family-friendly neighborhood surrounded by world-class cultural attractions.”
Internationally-acclaimed design firm Arquitectonica created the tower’s architecture, interior and landscape design concepts. The project’s opera-inspired name serves as a nod to the property’s location in the heart of downtown Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District, with renowned cultural arts venues nearby such as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and the upcoming Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science at Museum Park. The architectural design of the building will include a smooth glass structure and scalloped facade, which was influenced by the shapes of the wave crests in Biscayne Bay and the series of curving balconies found in some of the world’s greatest opera houses.
“Two blocks north of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Aria’s semi-circular balconies make reference to those inside the classic opera houses. They playfully stagger, creating a series cylinders in performance,” said Bernardo Fort-Brescia, founding principal at Arquitectonica.
Residences of Aria on the Bay will feature direct bay and city views, floor-to-ceiling glass, wrap-around terraces, private elevator access, open-plan living areas, designer finishes and modern custom-designed cabinetry. Building amenities will include a 14th floor resort amenity deck, four swimming pools, custom-seated fire pits, barbecue grills and outdoor summer kitchens. On the interior, residents can enjoy a private spa, massage treatment facilities, a state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga studio, indoor/outdoor social room and a theater-style screening room.
Since arriving in Miami in 2001, Melo Group has developed more than 2,000 residential units in the city and has been a driving force behind the city’s real estate resurgence. Aria on the Bay is the company’s 14th residential tower to be developed in the greater downtown Miami area. The project’s exclusive sales and marketing brokerage is Cervera Real Estate.
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