2016 – The Real Deal

PROJECT: WYNWOOD APARTMENTS Thor Equities files plans for new Wynwood mixed-use project with apartments, hotel and retail Thor Equities has filed plans with the city of Miami for a new mixed-use development that would include 306 apartments and 88,000 square feet of commercial and hotel space, The Real Deal has learned. The development is planned…

Parasol House

Building Area: 12,309 SF
Building Status: Completed

The house is designed as a long main bar, running east-west, positioned along the north side of the property. This bar is intersected by two other elements, thus forming a series of three courtyards – each with its own separate and unique character.

The street-side of the property contains a number of mature live oaks that helped inform the character of the first court. This “Tree Court” is bound by the Florida keystone-clad wall of the guest quarters volume and the Ficus ripens-covered volume of the garage. The court is sheltered by the natural canopy of the oak trees. The first perpendicular element, a glass-clad bridge that contains the children’s bedrooms, extends from the main bar and rests on the guest quarters volume. It shields the home’s entry and frames the entry to the second court. This court, the “Rain Court,” is bound on three sides by the circulation spine of the main bar, the guest quarters volume, and the two-story living room; it opens onto a dense garden wall.

The third court, the “Water Court,” faces Biscayne Bay, and contains the pool and spa. It was designed to create an exterior environment that encourages full access and enjoyment of the Bay and its long vistas and sunsets. The second canopy to shield a court is the concrete ͞parasol͟ that extends above the living room volume. Positioned to offer solar and rain protection, its is raised above the roof to allow Bay breezes to flow through the site, keeping both the Water Court and Rain Court cool. This parasol also acts as a solar reflector that blocks direct sun during most of the day while allowing the light that is reflected off the living room’s single-membrane roof to bounce off its underside.

Lime Tree Bay Resort

Building Area: 48,000 SF
Building Status: Unbuilt

The 2.5-acre site is located on Long Key, in the City of Layton, one of the older and certainly the smallest cities in the Florida Keys. The site is on the southwestern side of the island, bounded on the east by US 1 and on the north by a nature research station. The site is richly landscaped with mature vegetation that includes gumbo limbo, sea grape, ficus, royal poinciana, mahoe, and coconut palm. The program requirement specified 48,000 sf of luxury residential-hotel space with resort amenities and support spaces.

The 40 residential-hotel units consist of 26 two-story units above garages and 14 flats on two stories also above garages. While the 40 units are grouped into five building clusters, the units are designed as individual structures engaging each other along structural planes. The building palette comprises traditional Keys elements such as oolithic limestone for the main base elements, which also house the fireplaces, wood, metal roofs and white stucco on concrete masonry. Conceptually, solid, rectilinear walls flank glass volumes that protrude above the walls as clerestories above which a metal-lined, exposed interior, wood shed-roof is placed. The five building clusters are arranged along vehicular and pedestrian paths that are themed through palettes of vegetation. A common area open-air lounge and a gymnasium structure are located on a floating barge anchored by the properties west-facing pier. Two distinct environments are created around the two swimming pools – the southern pool sits within a grove of coconut palms; the northern pool and spa skirt the eastern boundary of the white sand sunning beach.

2016 – Miami Condos Blog

PROJECT: THOR EQUITIES Thor Equities has filed plans for the former 1950s/60s era post office site in the Miami Design District (not the nearby Buena Vista Post Office, also in the Design District, which is historically designated ad home to the tacky AF Billionaire Italian Couture) says Real Deal. The property is located at 70…

Pink Sands Estates – Interiors

Building Area: 950 SF

Building Status: Unbuilt

Touzet Studio did the Master Plan of the 20 acre site of Pink Sands Resort. Touzet Studio also was engaged to design a series of new estate homes, beach front cottages and common areas for this famous resort. This project was slated to be a LEED project and Touzet Studio worked on the design of environmentally conscious re-interpretation of Bahamian architecture. The cottages collected rainwater, were cooled passively through cross ventilation. The Tree Top Units were designed as floating treehouses that sat very lightly on the landscape and gave the feeling of being in a treehouse or tree canopy.

2016 – The Real Deal

PROJECT: POST OFFICE Thor Equities has filed its plans for the former post office in Miami’s Design District, proposing a three-story modern retail building that includes a rooftop deck. New York-based Thor bought the U.S. Post Office at 70 Northeast 39th Street in December 2015, paying $43.2 million or $1,409 per square foot for the…

Pink Sands Estates – Spa + Sanctuary

Building Area: 2,851 SF
Building Status: Unbuilt

Touzet Studio created the Master Plan for the 20-acre site of Pink Sands Resort and was asked to design several estate homes, beach front cottages and common areas for this famous resort. This project was slated to be a LEED project and employ many passive sustainable design features as well as cutting edge technology for wind and rain resiliency.

Touzet Studio worked on the design of environmentally conscious re-interpretation of Bahamian architecture. The cottages collected rainwater, were cooled passively through cross ventilation. The Tree Top Units were designed as floating treehouses that sat very lightly on the landscape and gave the feeling of being in a treehouse or tree canopy.

2016 – The Real Deal – Barlington Group

PROJECT: THE BARLINGTON GROUP Barlington Group plans new retail, restaurant project at entrance to Brickell Records show company called 90 SW 8th Street Enterprises paid $750,000 for the property in 1993. Arnaldo Cantero III of BGRS Commercial Real Estate Advisory brokered the deal. The building is across the street from Brickell City Centre, and within walking…

Pink Sands Estates – Master Planning

Building Area: 20 acres

Building Status: Unbuilt

Touzet Studio created the master plan for the 20-acre site of Pink Sands Resort, Harbour Island, Bahamas. The firm was engaged to also design a series of new estate homes, beachfront cottages, and common areas for this celebrated resort. This project was slated to be LEED certified, so Touzet Studio worked to design an environmentally-conscious re-interpretation of Bahamian architecture. The cottages collected rainwater and were cooled passively through cross-ventilation. Designed to sit very lightly on the landscape, the Tree Top units gave a sense of floating, so their occupants would feel as if they were in a treehouse or tree canopy.