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Faena Really Is Building Himself A Kingdom In Miami Beach

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Construction continues at the Faena District Miami Beach, that glorious and mysterious wonderland that Argentinian developer Alan Faena is building in Mid Beach. Wallpaper* Magazine tracked the developer down, somehow got some great new imagery of the project out of him (a mixture of old and new, actually) with new design details by Antwerp-based Studio Jobs and others, and was able to ask him a few (three) questions, to which he gave charming if not overly specific replies. Here is basically what he said, paraphrased of course:

1) Why Miami? "Often a place finds you, rather than you finding it." He had a chance to buy the Saxony Hotel two years ago and it just kind of snowballed from there.

2) Why build on such a large scale? He loves to change an entire neighborhood.

3) Does Faena Miami Beach have a Latin flavor? Yes, in some ways, with the wrap-around balconies called aleros, and the lifestyle they're going for. Oh, and "Faena Miami Beach is a country, with a flag, a coat of arms and heraldic symbols [all designed by Studio Job]. It will change Miami Beach forever."

· Street View: Faena District in Miami Beach [Wallpaper*]
· Faena District coverage [Curbed Miami]

Saxony Hotel

3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL