The Wall Street Journal has found itself enraptured by the exceptional restoration of Alan Faena's country estate in the Argentine pampas, and taken away by the idea that Alan used this house - a country place on thousands of acres - as inspiration for elements of his Faena District in Miami Beach, and specifically the Foster + Partners designed residential tower, Faena House. How? By using wrap around balconies. Really, just wrap around balconies? Well, deep wrap around balconies called aleros that feel like rooms really and are interconnected, sort of doubling as hallways. Huh. Wow. Fabulous.
But heavy hurricane glass doors can be such a pain in the ass to open, and the doors on this building are supposed to be some of the biggest. No word from Faena yet about how they plan to get around that little achilles' heel.
· Alan Faena's Argentine Residence [Wall Street Journal]
· Faena District/Saxony coverage [Curbed Miami]