5 top tastemakers in Miami and NYC today: PHOTOS
The architects and developers making waves with unique properties
February 26, 2014 03:40PM
From left: Laurinda Spear and the Westin Times Square
Arquitectonica co-founder Laurinda Spear counts Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena, Dade County Courthouse and the Westin Times Square in Manhattan (pictured here) among her architectural feats.
From left: Jorge Perez and the Perez Art Museum in Miami
Florida developer Jorge Perez, dubbed the "Condo King of South Florida," has projects such as SLS Hotel & Condos, Icon Brickell and Brickell Heights under his belt. He donated $40 million to anchor the new Pérez Art Museum Miami (pictured here).
From left: Bjarke Ingels and Grove at Grand Bay
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels counts Harlem's 625 West 57th Street and the Grove at Grand Bay in Coconut Grove (pictured here) among his work.
From left: Valerio Morabito and Beach House 8 in Miami's South Beach
Heir to the second-largest general contracting company in Italy, Morabito plucked a plum parcel of land along the Miami coast during the downturn and transformed it into Beach House 8 (pictured here).
From left: Residences at the Miami Beach Edition and Douglas Elliman's Horacio LeDon
Broker Horacio LeDon, president of Douglas Elliman's development marketing in Florida and a senior managing partner in New York, has sold more than $1 billion in real estate. Listings at the Residences at the Miami Beach Edition are among his high-end projects.
Often trends in real estate are driven by architects and developers who take a risk and break the mold. Their cutting edge work can set the tone for a neighborhood — or sometimes an entire city. So the New York Post assembled a list of their the top five real estate tastemakers of the moment.
These five gurus of style and real estate boast successful projects in New York City and Miami, with hotels, museums and condominiums among their stylish work. Several boast projects and second homes overseas as well.
For a glimpse of five notable projects, check out the slideshow above. [NYP] — Julie Strickland