COCONUT GROVE, Fla., June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pedro Martin and David Martin, founders and owners of leading Miami real estate development company Terra Group, celebrated the groundbreaking of Grove at Grand Bay with a ceremony and private reception on Wednesday, June 5. Notables in attendance to mark construction of the project, heralded as the most significant residential development in Coconut Grove in more than a decade, included Grove at Grand Bay's architect and winner of Wall Street Journal's "Architectural Innovator of the Year" award Bjarke Ingels and landscape architect Raymond Jungles.
Also in attendance were City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez; City of Miami Commissioner for District 2 and Chairman of the Miami Downtown Development Marc Sarnoff; Philip Freedman, Director of Sales for Grove at Grand Bay; Cervera Real Estate founder and chair, Alicia Cervera, Sr. and Managing Partner Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, Jr.; Coconut Grove historian Dr. Paul George; President and CEO of the Miami Science Museum, Gillian Thomas; daughter of Raymond Jungles, Amanda Jungles; famed restaurateur and reality television personality Fabian Basabe; and socialite Jillian Jacobson.
Located at 2675 South Bayshore Dr., the twin spiraling towers will rise above the lush flora and fauna for which The Grove is known, offering pristine waterfront views of Sailboat Bay and the marina. More than 90 percent of the units in the North Tower have sold in less than one year; sales for the South Tower launched in March 2013.
"Grove at Grand Bay will serve as an area landmark, setting the bar for future development in Coconut Grove," says Pedro Martin, Terra Group's Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder who, together with Co-Founder David Martin, is developing the project. "Since Grove at Grand Bay launched, we have sold more than $250 million worth of inventory, a figure that shows buyers' eagerness to become a part of this exciting new wave of design."
David Martin adds, "Among South Florida's most in-demand communities, Coconut Grove has a unique history renowned for embracing the arts and nature. Some of history's most creative minds have made Coconut Grove their home over the decades, including Robert Frost, Alexander Graham Bell, Tennessee Williams, Neil Young and Howard Hughes."
"Our vision was to create an eco-conscious residential project so sculptural and visually spectacular that it would become a statement for a new Coconut Grove. There was no architect in the world better suited to realize this than Bjarke Ingels," continues Martin, who is committed to bringing world-class architecture and design to Miami.
Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) is an award-winning architect acclaimed for designing buildings "as programmatically and technically innovative as they are resource-conscious." Bjarke's singular vision for the LEED-certified Grove at Grand Bay has resulted in the creation of a modern masterpiece: Two glass-and-steel-encased towers rising in the sky 20 stories high, elegantly twisted at a 38-degree angle and housing 98 expansive residences. "There are some architects who only care about their sculpture," said David Martin, president of Terra Group. "Bjarke, on the other hand, approaches things in a genuine, humble manner and is conscientious and respectful."
"Grove at Grand Bay is inspired by 'engineering without engines,' or using contemporary technology to create buildings that look different because they perform differently," says Ingels. "By creating balconies at an unprecedented 12 feet tall and 12 feet deep, we combine generous views and outdoor space with natural shade, maximizing daylight and optimizing shade. The sliders are also hurricane-proof, something all South Floridians can appreciate."
Individual condominium units are spacious and designed to integrate interior living space with Coconut Grove's natural splendor, featuring floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that open to terraces offering panoramic views of Sailboat Bay and the marina, as well as the Miami skyline and coastline. Priced from $3 million, these residences in the sky are tailored to a modern lifestyle that values both family life and entertaining at home, with living, dining, kitchen and family rooms configured in a continuous rectangular space.
Central to the project's architecture is the 're-Groving' of the site, led by award-winning landscape architect Raymond Jungles, whose vision will be translated into a flow of lush vegetation through shared lobby spaces, walkways and terraces to reinforce the idea of continuity.
Grove at Grand Bay's amenities include a multi-lingual butler, on-site chef, curator-maintained art gallery, a gym and spa with separate facilities for men and women, a pet spa, and four pools -- a 25-meter lap pool, 25-meter swimming and lounging pool, and two rooftop pools with covered cabanas. "As a development company, our goal is not only to learn to innovate architecturally, but to create environments and services that change our residents' lives," says David Martin. "Whether it's our pet spa, our amazing chef or the central walkway connecting Bayshore Dr. to 27th Ave., we designed everything with families in mind."
For additional information about the property or to inquire about sales, visit www.groveatgrandbay.com.
About Terra Group
Led by father and son owners Pedro and David Martin since 2001, Terra Group is known for developing design-driven projects marked by originality and attention to detail that enhance the quality of community life. The award-winning company is comprised of highly trained leaders in the field, including architects, builders, developers, lawyers, businessmen and designers. Terra Group has transformed South Florida's landscape with residential and commercial projects in Coconut Grove, Miami Beach, Doral and the Midtown Miami area. Terra Group's properties include Grove at Grand Bay, Glass, 900 Biscayne Bay, Quantum on the Bay, Metropolis, Nautica, Las Sevillas and Las Ramblas, The Reserve, Doral Cay, Vintage Estates and Vintage Place, Modern at Doral, Atlantic 15 in Sunny Isles . Corporate offices are located in Coconut Grove, FL. For more information, visit www.terragroup.com.
About BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
BIG is a Copenhagen- and New York-based group of architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. BIG's projects span throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. BIG was founded by Bjarke Ingels, who has received numerous awards and honors, including the Danish Crown Prince's Culture Prize in 2011, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004, and the ULI Award for Excellence in 2009. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal awarded Ingels the Architectural Innovator of the Year Award. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects granted the 8 House – a BIG project – its Honor Award, naming it "a complex and exemplary project of a new typology." Alongside his architectural practice, Ingles taught at Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, and Rice University and is an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen.
SOURCE Terra Group