Perched in the sensuous and soaring One Thousand Museum tower — one of Miami’s most iconic landmarks — this extraordinary Roche Bobois model residence is perfectly poised to capture breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean as well as the city’s brilliant skyline. Created by the late Zaha Hadid, an architect who became internationally renowned for her revolutionary worldwide designs, the curvaceous and innovative “Scorpion Tower” gleams like a jewel in the heart of downtown Miami as it successfully blurs the lines between art and architecture.
The luxury condos within this sculptural tower have all been designed with east-to-west, flow-through floor plans to capitalize on the vibrant panorama. “This Roche Bobois unit is designed as a showroom for the brand, so it was challenging to make it look like a real residence,” says Yerickson Nagy, a prominent Miami architect and interior designer who lead this ambitious project from start to finish. “We had to follow certain restrictions and be careful not to modify the existing original layout. There was also the limitation of working with only one exclusive brand — from furniture and wall treatments to light fixtures and other accessories.”
Comprising 4,843 square feet, the open floorplan dwelling boasts an elevator entry that welcomes guests with a striking and symmetrical composition featuring two minimalistic metal consoles accented with an eye-catching pair of round contemporary mirrors. Dark “Radiant/Black” wall covering creates dramatic contrast with a decidedly elegant touch. The impressive living area beyond is anchored with a plush area rug in soft blue hues that echoes the dynamic backdrop of bay views. A sculptural chandelier and shapely lamps create wonderful movement within the space, and dark wall treatments work to strike a satisfying juxtaposition between the daylight and the nightlife of the city. An embossed-grain leather sectional sofa pairs with the luster of cast-aluminum cocktail tables.
“The intention was to curate a variety of pieces from Roche Bobois to create a cohesive design,” Nagy says. “The style is a result of the design process based on fundamental principles, balance, harmony, function and composition. There is also a strong influence from the spectacular views framed with the sensual lines of the architecture designed by Zaha Hadid. This combination of the existing environment was the main inspiration.”
For the dining area, Nagy selected a red marble-topped table in an oval shape to soften the aesthetic and mirror the architectural lines of the tower. Plush velvet dining chairs take on an unmistakable ergonomic form and bring a sophisticated complement to this ultra-modern look. In the hallway that leads to a casual dining area, a mesmerizing blue sculptural sideboard brings both originality and functionality to the space. With only 55 produced, this remarkable masterpiece designed by Giacomo Garziano is a coveted limited edition.
“Due to the diversity and innovation of the materials, colors and shapes applied, I found the overall style to be a balance between eclecticism and contemporary,” Nagy says. “I’ve always been fascinated by Zaha’s projects, and as an architect, I was following the construction progress. I like the organic shape of the building, the skeleton-like composition at the exterior facades, and the sexy lines of the structure at the balconies from inside.”
In the guest room, lavish beds that share a full modular headboard are outfitted in luxe linens and sumptuous pillows. Natural wood elements and pops of fresh green hues create an organic design. A wood wall composition and desk bring perfect balance to the space, where “Roof Garden,” a plush, hand-tufted, green gradated wool area rug ensures comfort underfoot.
The master bedroom sports splendid views as well as a unique mix of styles. The well-tailored bed features an opulent design and delicate details that include an intricately hand-stitched leather headboard. A contemporary piece of art dots the python-patterned wall that lends an intriguing textural contrast to the space.
“Roche Bobois furnishings exemplify a fusion of classic and contemporary styles with a distinctive European touch,” Nagy says. “The eclecticism is what I like most. It was an excellent experience to explore the versatility of these pieces. And putting it all together here embraces Miami’s magic.”
Interior Design by Yerickson Nagy with Roche Bobois, Miami, FL
Text by Jeanne Delathouder
Photography by Juan Pablo Castro, Miami Beach, FL