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20 minutes with: Rodolfo Miani, architect of Aston Martin Miami


Rodolfo Miani, principal architect and principal partner of Bodas Miani Anger, based in Buenos Aires.

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Miami is a city where the beginnings of extravagant residential developments – Baccarat, Bentley and Missoni, to name a few – don’t stop. In a market saturated with designer names, however, Aston Martin, glamorized in James Bond films and beloved car collectors, is a brand that stands out. The Gaydon, UK-based luxury automaker is set to complete its first-ever residential project (and the city’s tallest residential building) later this year in downtown Miami.

Located on Biscayne Boulevard with views of the ocean and bay, the property soars 818 feet and commands a sail-like silhouette in the horizon. Consisting of 391 residences, ranging in price from US$1.5 million to US$59 million, it offers four levels of amenities, including a spa with a meditation room and a beauty salon, a boxing room, the highest Miami infinity pool, an art gallery, two movie theaters and a helipad.

Behind the design is Argentinian Rodolfo Miani, principal architect and main partner of Bodas Miani Anger, based in Buenos Aires. Miani, 57, is the only architect Aston Martin has hired in its 109-year history.

Miani co-founded his firm with two partners, Alex Anger and Martin Bodas, in 1995. The firm has a team of 165 architects and is acclaimed in Latin America for its work on projects such as Ezeiza International Airport and the SLS Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires. and numerous bank towers in Buenos Aires and Santiago. “Until now, all the major companies we’ve worked on have been in Latin America,” says Miani. “We actually only worked on three other projects in the United States before Aston Martin, and they were small.

Miani spoke to penta recently from his office in Buenos Aires on his inspiration for the residencies, how he landed the job, and why it’s different from other Miami designer projects.

SLOPE: How were you approached by Aston Martin to design its first residences?

Rodolfo Miani: I learned through our network of architects that Aston Martin was opening its first residences and accepting proposals from architects for the project. I was determined to get the job. I was friends with German Coto, a developer who owned waterfront land in Miami perfect for a large-scale building like this, and we decided to team up to showcase Aston Martin.

We flew to the headquarters in Gaydon and gave a presentation that showed Coto’s land with its water views and my sketches of a large sail-shaped building that was to impact the Miami skyline . Aston Martin hired us two months later.

Located on Biscayne Boulevard with views of the ocean and bay, the property soars 818 feet and commands a sail-like silhouette in the horizon.

Aston Martin

What design direction did the brand give you?

The only direction we were given was to capture the spirit of a car in the building, but not try too hard to make it look like a car. And we couldn’t compromise when it came to materials – we had to use the best leathers, woods, and brass and metal finishes available.

What aesthetic were you looking for?

Since the building is on the water, I wanted to make sure the water views were visible from everywhere. This meant a transparent-looking building with floor-to-ceiling windows from top to bottom. And all floors are white marble, which is a good reflection of Miami and the city’s predominant color theme.

We correctly suspected that most buyers would own an Aston Martin or two and really focus on the conveniences of the car. The drop point for the cars is just above the water, so there is a close connection. And the journey to the parking spaces is through a tunnel illuminated with LED light. It’s like driving through a light show. The parking spaces themselves are like mini garages, and each car can be parked in complete privacy.

Miami is a city full of high-end residential developments. How is Aston Martin different?

The shape of the building gives it a distinctive presence in the skyline. And just the Aston Martin gives it a brand image that many other high-end developments in the city don’t.

What is your overall architectural style, and how does it play into this project?

As an architect, it is not fair for me to imbue a project with a predefined style. I always say I don’t have a style, rather I have answers and I can create a style based on what my clients tell me they want. But I’m a modern architect, so my work tends to be minimalist and is definitely contemporary. I am open to creating anything and any design direction within these parameters.

How is this project different from others you have worked on?

In all my other projects, I have collaborated with other architects, and the conversation is between professionals in the same field who speak the same language when it comes to working. In the case of Aston Martin, I am the sole architect and [I’m] collaboration on a project with automotive designers. It was an amazing experience, and although we have different design approaches and different terms that we use in our respective fields, we quickly got in sync.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.