sbe has officially launched the SLS LUX Brickell Hotel & Residences, its third SLS-branded property in Miami. Arquitectonica cofounding principal Bernardo Fort-Brescia and high-profile design duo Yabu Pushelberg joined forces to the design the 57-story complex. Codeveloped by Florida firms The Related Group and the Allen Morris Co., SLS LUX Brickell marks the fourth of nine jointly developed projects in the pipeline for Related and sbe, coming on the heels of the recent debut of Hyde Midtown Suites & Residences, also in Miami.
“Residential growth remains a critical element of sbe’s strategy,” says Sam Nazarian, founder and ceo of sbe. “To date, our residential projects have seen $2 billion in sales, and we’re projecting an incremental $2.5 billion in the near future as our SLS, Delano and Hyde residences open doors in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, the UAE and the U.S. Building on the success we’ve seen with SLS Brickell, we’re pleased to collaborate further with our partners at The Related Group and, one of my mentors, Jorge Pérez [the development company’s founder, chairman and ceo]. Sbe’s also proud to debut our first collaboration with the amazing interior design firm Yabu Pushelberg.”
Local architecture firm Arquitectonica’s designs for the hotel and residential tower feature the first LED façade by lighting artist Ana Isabel Martinez. The project encompasses 450 luxury condos with private elevators and 70 guestrooms and suites with interiors by Yabu Pushelberg, whose founders were featured on the cover of Boutique Design’s November 2017 edition.
The complex showcases a collection of curated art throughout its common areas, including Fernando Botero’s signature “Male Torso, 1992,” a 40,000-sq. ft. exterior color block mural by Fabian Burgos, and work by renowned Argentine artist Matias Duville.
The property is also home to celebrity chef Katsuya Uechi’s second namesake restaurant in Miami and 14th internationally. Also designed by Yabu Pushelberg, the Katsuya space is decked out with dramatic lighting and sculptural seating. Accommodating nearly 180 diners, the 6,537-sq.-ft., all-day venue features a private dining room with seating for 10-12 guests that can be divided into two separate rooms.
Situated next to the restaurant, S Bar, a 2.535 sq.-ft. mixology lounge concept, seats 85. Project participants say the casual space balances bohemian-chic style with an urban edge.
Overlooking the Brickell skyline, the LUX Garden Level includes two pools and sporting and recreation amenities, including cabanas, lounge areas and courts for tennis, soccer, bocce and basketball. Penthouse residents have access to the 57th floor rooftop terrace, which includes a private outdoor lounge space with a pool, spas and a summer kitchen with a barbecue area.
“We envision each of our projects to energize and enhance the surrounding community,” says Pérez, whose company The Related Group has completed three other towers on South Miami Avenue, including the 1100 Millecento, the SLS Brickell Suites & Residences and the two-towered Brickell Heights. “SLS LUX does both, but more importantly, further cements Brickell as Miami’s leading lifestyle destination.”
In the next five years, sbe’s SLS brand plans to triple in size, opening 12 more hotels and residences in cities such as Atlanta; Cancun, Mexico; Washington, D.C.; and Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires.