A Close Look at Miami’s Smart Towers

Santiago Vanegas, CEO & president of Habitat Group, talked to Multi-Housing News about the company’s project taking shape in the Brickell neighborhood.
Santiago Vanegas, CEO & president of Habitat Group
Santiago Vanegas, CEO & president of Habitat Group

One of Habitat Group’s latest developments, dubbed Smart Brickell, is the first of its kind in the firm’s portfolio. Located in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood, the condo project includes a hotel component and will combine elements of smart design, smart technology and smart use across 170 residences and 150 guest rooms.

The three towers will also feature 30,000 square feet of retail space. Smart Brickell is slated for completion in 2020, with prices for fully furnished condos starting in the low $300,000’s.

Santiago Vanegas, CEO & president of Habitat Group, spoke to Multi-Housing News about the company’s Smart Living Philosophy and the way it is incorporated into the mixed-use project. In addition to high-tech design features such as Nest thermostats, Amazon Echo/Alexa home and personal assistant, and a concierge app, Smart Brickell will allow owners to rent out their apartments through the use of Airbnb.

What is the vision behind Smart Brickell and what separates it from other downtown projects?

Vanegas: Smart Brickell’s goal is to set the new standard of living in Miami through our Smart Living Philosophy, where every aspect is designed to enrich and energize your lifestyle by designing apartments that offer flexible usage, unique and modern design and smart technology features.

What can you tell us about the demographic you are targeting with Smart Brickell?

Vanegas: Smart Brickell will be a place for working professionals and seasonal residents. It is also the ideal location for the business traveler. Not only is the development less than 10 miles from the airport and within walking distance of several other modes of transportation, but it also offers you the option to rent your apartment multiple times a year through platforms such as Airbnb, adding value to your investment while you are away.

What are some of the functions, amenities and apps that make the project smart?

Vanegas: The move-in ready residences allow for flexible usage. Each space has been created to take advantage of every square foot while addressing a bold and modern aesthetic. Units will be delivered fully finished and furnished and feature city-view terraces with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and kitchens fully equipped with Bosch appliances and ItalKraft cabinetry.

The units at Smart Brickell are delivered fully equipped with smart, Wi-Fi enabled features, including a Nest thermostat, LIFX Wi-Fi enabled LED smart bulbs, Amazon Echo/Alexa home and personal assistant and a concierge app allowing residents to request services from the comfort of their smartphone.

Residents will also enjoy building amenities such as an organic café on the ground level, an amenity deck with a landscaped recreational area and expansive terrace, resort-style pools, a spa and wellness center, a fully-equipped business center, a Sky fitness center located on the 25th floor, a rooftop lounge bar and Wi-Fi throughout the lobby and amenity deck. The unique combination of flexible usage, architectural design, integration of smart technological features, central location and resort-style amenities are what make this project the gateway to the future of smart living.

How does Smart Brickell fit into the scenery of Miami’s Financial District?

Vanegas: Smart Brickell offers a solution to those who work in Brickell. Time is very valuable and the project will allow residents and guests to optimize their time by providing a place where they can live, work and play. Smart Brickell is near some of the most notable businesses in the financial district. It will also offer a space for business owners and employees to collaborate in shared spaces, cafés and other areas on the property. There is a need for more mixed-use developments in Brickell and Smart Brickell is filling that need.

Which are some of the companies contributing to this development?

Vanegas: The project is designed by well-known architect Hernando Carrillo with concept and branding by Gensler. Residences will be delivered fully furnished and finished with interiors designed by Arquitectonica.

Images courtesy of Habitat Group