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Ritz Carlton Residences

Transforming a former hospital into a luxury residential building by embracing elegance and sophistication

  • 600K

    Square Feed

  • 111


  • 15

    Single-Family Villas

  • Miami Beach, Florida

    Miami Beach, Florida

South Florida’s newest luxury condo development

Constructed in 1925 as The King Cole Hotel, then serving as a military hospital during World War II, the site was later redeveloped as The Miami Heart Institute, which operated until 2004. Teamed with Lissoni Associati from Milan, Stantec took on the task of converting the former hospital into the luxury residential building by transforming six hospital buildings into a premier multi-family housing development.

While we provided the leadership and experience in zoning, planning, and adaptive reuse, Lissoni Associati shaped the vision of the building exterior skin and common area interior design to create a collaborative masterpiece. The “surgically-specific” set of design decisions transformed the overall singular large-scale building mass into a visually compelling composition of discretely shaped smaller buildings within the campus—like a modern Italian hill town. This strategy allowed for a more variegated architectural treatment, both inside and out, on a natural scale and materiality more consistent to the surrounding residential neighborhood.

Today, The Ritz Carlton Residences stands as the largest adaptive reuse project in South Florida. A model of a highly tuned architectural adaptive reuse, the project resurrected a substantially obsolete medical campus into a luxury condo development, with convenient access to South Beach and unique on-site amenities.

At a Glance

Stantec / Lissoni Associati
South Florida Business Journal, Best Adaptive Reuse Award, 2020

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