Are Miami Beach’s Luxury Towers the Future of Climate Resilience?

In a location prone to storms and flooding, JDS Development Group’s luxury condominium project Monad Terrace in South Beach, may serve as a template for resilient design. Designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Monad Terrace includes 59 residences housed within a structure lift4ed 11.5 feet above sea level to anticipate climate realities and storm surges. Glass and metal supports are strong enough to withstand a Category 5 storm. The belowground parking garage includes pumps in the event of flooding. “Every progressive architect today looks at [climate change] as an opportunity to create a statement and a solution,” says Kobi Karp, the architect of record on the project. Near the waterfront site, the sales gallery re-creates the experience of Monad Terrace through a model apartment with rich marbles, an open kitchen, and glass bedroom. Prices range from $1.7 million to $12 million dollars. Monad Terrace goes above and beyond the current, city-mandated flood fortifications, pointing to the future of climate resilience.


ByJames Tarmy, Bloomberg

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