This two bedroom apartment renovation took place in a building called Oceanside Plaza, built in 1967 in the Millionaire’s Row neighborhood of Miami, Florida. The building’s architect was Morris Lapidus, famous for the Fontainebleau Hotel and identified by theatrical designs and curving exteriors. Despite this reputation, the apartment’s interior was rigid with two closed bedrooms on each side of a central small living room. This renovation’s primary act was to open up the space using two 12’ wide pocket doors in place of walls. This allows the vacation residence to be used as a studio, one bedroom, or two bedroom.
The result is a flexible and flowing space where all rooms enjoy wide angle oceanfront views. Even the master bathroom and closet were reconfigured to connect to the bedroom via a door-less entry and glass display shelving. Linking all spaces to the balcony are hand painted blue ceramic tiles designed by architect-designer Giò Ponti. This color scheme extends the 1040 square foot enclosed space to the Miami blue ocean.