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Miami Beach’s Most Insane Adaptive Reuse Project is Almost Done

The Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach, designed by starchitect Piero Lissoni, is finally nearing completion after years of work. Compare these photos to where the project was last December. The Ritz is very unusual for a luxury, contemporary condo tower, and considering the building itself already existed, has taken quite a while from original announcement to completion. That’s because of its unusual complexity, and the sheer amount of work it takes to convert a gigantic hospital into a luxury condominium development.

And we’re not talking about an historic hospital either with interesting architectural details. No. The building was kept as a hospital for the zoning. Basically, if they demolished it, they wouldn’t be allowed to rebuild anything anywhere as large. The old Mount Sinai Heart Institute had to be gutted, sliced, diced, and completely remade. The end result, however, is still eye popping, and supremely elegant, with long, wide wings extending out along Lake Surprise in the heart of Miami Beach, lush courtyards, and wide terraces. Plus, lots and lots of water views. Oh, and due to the unusual building, every unit is different.

The 111 condos, and 15 private houses, with amenities like indoor and outdoor yoga studios, private day yacht, and children’s playground, are expected to be completed by the end of the year.