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It feels like Art Basel Miami Beach week this year has been all about Jorge Perez. First, the international art world was introduced to the breathtaking new Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) designed by Herzog & de Meuron. It’s the one thing – outside of the main fair – that everyone we’ve talked to has made sure they visited, and everyone has left utterly blown away.
This evening, Perez will join Whitewall’s founder and publisher Michael Klug for an exclusive cocktail to celebrate Marea, a new boutique residence from The Related Group (Perez’s real estate development company).
Perez has been on a mission for nearly two decades to make “South of Fifth,” the tip of South Beach, as distinct as neighborhoods further north along Collins Ave. After the wildly successful ONE Ocean, Marea sits on the very last available plot of land in the area at 801 South Pointe Drive near Alton Road.
Also on hand at tonight’s soiree will be artists Riccardo De Marchi and Markus Linnenbrink, who have bee commissioned by The Related Group to create works for the residence’s common areas. As a collector himself, art always seems to make its way into Perez’s projects. Linnenbrink’s signature repetition of colors in patterns and layers will occupy the walls of the Marea while De Marchi used Plexiglas and steel designs for the lobby and concierge that complements the building’s architecture and design by Sieger-Suarez Architects and Yabu Pushelberg.
Enzo Enea oversees the landscape architecture aspect of the property, enhancing a rooftop pool already boasting both ocean and bay views with a garden of palms and bougainvilleas.
We spoke with both the artists involved in the project, so stay tuned for their interviews later this week on Whitewallmag.com. The Marea is projected to open in April 2015.