The Miami architects who brought you The Vue have returned to Sarasota.That’s a good thing, though.
by Harold Bubil
Based in Coral Gables, Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates — call the firm NBWW or just “Nichols” — created one of the most controversial buildings in Sarasota history when it designed The Vue in 2014 for the Kolter Group.
For their part, NBWW’s design team of Igor Reyes, Stefany Roth and Carlos Vargas, working with Miami interior designer Bea Pila and Sarasota landscape architect David Young, have created renderings that show an elegant, unobtrusive and contemporary building that will continue the upward trajectory of Sarasota’s architectural standards.
“The Vue was a totally different project from Epoch,” said Reyes. “We start with the site. Vue and Epoch are only a few blocks apart, but the sites are totally different.
“Sarasota has this incredible charm, this natural attribute that puts it in a category by itself, so we try to expose the building to that. Then it is a matter of what our client wants to put into the product.”
DiPinto and Hargreaves wanted the units to feel like single-family homes (they are not alone in that), and that is achieved by having no more than two units per floor. The upper floors, 11-18, have one unit each.
“The views are on at least three sides,” Reyes said. “After establishing the programmatic things, we jump into the aesthetic of what it wants to be.”
NBWW is used to competing for visual attention in the high-rise hotbed of Miami/Miami Beach. So the aesthetic means creating memorable, recognizable geometry.
“In the Vue, units are one next to another, so we wanted to block off the views and create the sensation that each unit had the world to itself,” Reyes said. This was done with the Mondrian-esque concrete frames on the front of the building.
“At the Epoch, you will have the world to yourself. The world is yours.”
“Very few columns, very open floor plans,” said DiPinto during a recent interview. “One of the things our team was really looking for from Nichols was a design that would take advantage of the views. So we kept the building more westward. From the great rooms, the view is not only to the west, but also to the north and south.
“We wanted more for these 23 owners. We wanted modern and clean and new and coastal, yet knowing our clientele was still Sarasota, what we didn’t want was ‘trendy.’ So we spent months with the Nichols team, talking and looking at designs. Again, for this one-of-a-kind building, we wanted more, but we wanted ‘timeless.’ I think they nailed it with their design, which has a nod to the Sarasota School.”
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