Of all the incredible amenities at the soon-to-open The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, the aquatic helicopter experience with navigable marine helipad might be the most jaw-dropping. But that’s not the only unique offering that the property has in store.
There’s also what the building is billing as the “the world’s first residential art studio and Sharing Room.” What’s a Sharing Room? Think of it as almost like the luxury version of Freecycle: it’s a space where residents could drop off a pair of used skis they no longer want, and pick up a handbag from another resident in the process.
The Sharing Room will be merchandised like a store too. If something donated by residents is too big to store in the room, it will be loaded into a Sharing Room mobile app so residents can shop virtually. Anything not picked up in 60 days will be donated to rotating charities.
“The Sharing Room will be set up like a small, curated shop, where goods will be displayed with like items so residents can browse easily,” Sarah Currie-Halpern said in a statement. Halpern is the founder/partner of Think Zero and former advisor to NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, who worked with founding partner of Lionheart Capital Ricardo Dunin to dream up the concept for the Ritz-Carlton. “The Sharing Room has a threefold benefit: social, economic and environmental. I call it inspired sustainable consumption for luxury living,” Halpern said.
There’s also going to be an art studio, so residents will have a dedicated space to pick up a paint brush and create a masterpiece. The studio will be equipped with easels, a stone surface for sculpting, a sink, and a library filled with art books for inspiration. Plus, there will be programming in the studio, including private and group classes, art talks and trips, and onsite exhibits of residents’ work.
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