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A 14-story Jean Nouvel tower proposed for the West Avenue neighborhood of Miami Beach will feature a manmade lagoon and a suspended vegetation screen on one side of the building that should make neighbors green with envy.
Curbed got an exclusive first peek at the 95-page condo filing for the project, which is being developed by JDS and designed by the French starchitect Nouvel and Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design in Miami. The photos show a glassy building surrounded by water with a sheet of leaves down one side.
In an interview with Curbed, Michael Stern, managing partner at JDS Development Group, said Nouvel's design, for what would be the Pritzker Prize winner's first residential building in south Florida, would draw on his experience designing the 34-story One Central Park in Sydney, Australia, which also features a jungle-like exterior. Nouvel worked on that condo development with Patrick Blanc, the French artist and botanist, and together they created a "beguiling assembly of motorised mirrors that capture sunlight, and direct rays down onto Central Park's gardens," according to One Central Park's website.