Rising above Biscayne Bay and surrounded by lush landscaping, this shimmering waterfront tower is equal parts bold architectural statement and tranquil sanctuary. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the luxury condominium development has a striking glass and steel profile that mirrors sun and water, giving the impression that Monad Terrace is a glittering extension of its bayside setting. The drama of its exterior and its location on the edge of Miami’s most renowned neighborhood are complemented by features that create a feeling of privacy and seclusion. A bespoke honeycomb-screen system built into the facade, for example, makes the glass appear opaque from certain angles, while climbing gardens of bougainvillea and passion vines provide a natural curtain. Then there’s the central lagoon, which invokes Florida’s wetlands and marshes and feels worlds away from the action on Collins Avenue.
The first residential development in Miami by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Monad Terrace was influenced by its setting—directly on Biscayne Bay. “Of course, it’s all about the water,” Nouvel said. “And all the design work is to create a vision framing the lagoon and the bay.” This singular perspective can be seen everywhere, from the crystal-clear curtain walls to the zig-zag design of the facade to the infinity-edge pool that seems to spill into the bay. Nouvel also took into consideration the unique climate challenges of Miami, building 14 feet above the floodplain and incorporating an abundance of native plants to provide shade and clean air.