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Jean Nouvel: Sustainable Architecture of the Future

Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel has designed the new Miami Beach luxury condos at Monad Terrace to be sustainable, contextual, and one-of-a-kind. “Every façade is unique, corresponding to a different sun exposure,” Nouvel says: “inside, each apartment has its own strategy and a singular blueprint.” This sensitivity to the natural world extends to the 14-story building’s innovative exterior, which surrounds a lagoon and has a hanging screen lush with vegetation on one side. According to Michael Stern and Simon Koster of JDS Development Group, who built Monad Terrace, this idiosyncrasy and imagination is precisely what makes Nouvel such a rare talent. “With him, no two buildings are ever the same,” says Koster. Monad Terrace was built with climate change in mind, and its resilient design means that it sits at the new, revised flood elevation of Miami. Nouvel’s approach is to combine aesthetic pleasure with practical problem solving, and responding to what he calls the genius loci, or “the spirit of the place.”

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The Vertical Gardens of Jean Nouvel

For French architect and Pritzker Prize laureate Jean Nouvel, nature and the built environment go together. For his new project, Monad Terrace, which is taking shape on Biscayne Bay in Miami Beach, Nouvel designed a curtain wall of lush vegetation. The structure of the building often seems to flow and “disappear into nature,” according to Simon Koster, an engineer and principal with JDS Development Group, which is building Monad Terrace. Nouvel’s work with “living facades,” or green walls, began with a project he completed for the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in 1998, and he’s found new ways to incorporate vertical gardens in subsequent projects across the world, from Australia to Paris. At Monad Terrace, the plants almost act as living curtains, framing the view of the bay from behind a window. “The foreground and the background are created not by me,” Nouvel says, “but by nature itself.”

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Step inside Monad Terrace’s sales gallery in Miami Beach

The sales gallery for JDS Development’s new luxury Miami residence, Monad Terrace, is now open at the corner of Alton Road and 14th Street, allowing visitors to catch a glimpse of what its sleek and sophisticated interiors will look like. Monad Terrace has been designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel with climate resilience in mind, and its 59 residences are built around a serene lagoon on Biscayne Bay. The sales gallery was designed to showcase the unique, sawtooth honeycomb glass that’s used throughout the development to diffuse natural light. The building is situated higher than required (11.5 feet) in an effort to insulate it from the effects of rising sea levels. The lobby area is a double-height space that overlooks the Bay. Residences begin at $2 million.

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Star architects’ dazzling condos are snagging big bucks. But so are towers by Miami’s best

JDS Development Group certainly did not rush when deciding which architect would guide their latest Miami Beach development. After a lengthy and thoughtful search, the residential real estate developer hired Jean Nouvel, the Pritzker Prize-winning French architect whose glassy and modern aesthetic was judged to be perfect for the Miami site. According to JDS principal Simon Koster, his team chose Nouvel because of the architect’s ability to fuse nature with an urban setting. The project, dubbed “Monad Terrace,” benefits from the unique attributes of its location, as well as Nouvel’s sensibility, and building renderings show off the metallic structures draped in vines centered around a verdant lagoon. As development in Miami continues to boom, Monad Terrace will remain at the head of the pack, thanks to Nouvel’s powerful vision.

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Monad Terrace Project Scores Approval for Design Changes

The striking design of Monad Terrace, a new luxury Miami Beach residence designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, is evident from the front entrance—framed by a porte-cochère canopy—that opens onto a double-height lobby overlooking Biscayne Bay. Sales at the development, which has 59 apartments ranging from two to five bedrooms, began in February. Calibrated to appeal to buyers with a penchant for great design, the building is perched on the edge of the Bay, where it can take full advantage of the light reflecting off the water. Residences offer an array of amenities, including custom kitchens, landscaped terraces, and luxurious marble bathrooms. Monad Terrace is the first Miami Beach project by JDS Development, whose nearby properties include Echo Brickell and Echo Aventura in Wynwood/Edgewater.

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Michael Stern’s JDS kicks off sales for Monad Terrace in South Beach

Residential real estate developer Michael Stern is poised to launch sales at Monad Terrace, his first building in Miami Beach. The CEO of New York-based real estate firm JDS Development Group has partnered with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, investor New Valley, and Ackerman Development, to create the 59-residence luxury building. The waterfront tower, Nouvel’s first in Miami, is targeting buyers who appreciate the superlative design that demonstrates why Nouvel’s artistry is celebrated around the world. “I think the market will be very receptive to a thoughtful, great project,” says Stern. When the building is complete in 2019, residents will enjoy custom kitchens, marble baths, climbing gardens, terraces with views of Biscayne Bay, and amenities that include a fitness center, swimming pool, private lounge, and dock access.

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Jean Nouvel’s Monad Terrace expected to break ground shortly in Miami Beach

JDS Development Group has just released a batch of renderings of their new project at Monad Terrace, which is scheduled to break ground by the end of January. The renderings show the sleek, modern interiors of the Miami Beach condominiums, which look out at Biscayne Bay through a saw-toothed facade lined with honeycomb glass. The NYC- based real estate developers worked with renowned architect Jean Nouvel to create the stunning, climate change-resilient waterfront condominium building. The project’s centerpiece is a lagoon designed not only to reflect sunlight and provide space for local flora and fauna, but to accommodate any heavy flooding in the area. Nouvel’s designs also place Monad Terrace 11.5 feet above sea level, nearly twice the height required by Miami’s recently instated construction codes.

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First Look: Monad Terrace

NYC-based JDS Development Group is making its mark on Miami real estate with Monad Terrace, a collection of 59 individually designed waterfront homes rising over South Beach Bay. The residential development comprises two towers, one rising 14 stories and the other 7 stories high—each bedecked in glass and metal—separated by a stunning reflecting pond. Monad Terrace is Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel’s first project in the south Florida city. Nouvel designed Monad Terrace to make the most of Miami’s natural beauty and the waterfront location. “Here in Miami, I wanted to create a building that is like the reflection of the sun on the water,” Nouvel says. Monad Terrace also reflects Nouvel’s careful consideration of the impacts of climate change; it will be constructed at a safe 13 feet above sea level, distinguishing it as Miami’s first residential building to meet the city’s new climate construction codes.

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Miami Architecture Finally Addresses “Visible and Tangible Impacts of Sea-Level Rise

JDS Development Group and architect Jean Nouvel carefully considered the impact of rising sea levels when they created the new Miami luxury tower Monad Terrace. The project, which marks Nouvel’s first residential contribution to the Florida landscape, will be built nearly 12 feet above sea level to protect the building and its 59 residences from flooding and other inclement weather conditions.

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Jean Nouvel elevates Miami Beach residences to avoid rising sea levels

Monad Terrace, the new Miami luxury tower designed by Jean Nouvel in partnership with JDS Development Group, will be built 11.5 feet above sea level—nearly twice the minimum height required by the latest Miami building codes. As such, the tower, which is also Nouvel’s first residential building in Florida, will be able to accommodate an underground garage that sits over six feet above water level. The flood-proof garage is only one of several impressive amenities, including a fitness center, pool, juice bar, café, and storage space, that have made potential buyers so eager to scoop up one of the building’s 59 residences overlooking Biscayne Bay.

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