Pritzker Architecture Prize Honors 2015 Laureate Frei Otto.

Frei OttoThe Pritzker Architecture Prize honored architect Frei Otto with a black tie dinner and award ceremony at the New World Center in Miami Beach. The evening celebrated the life and career of the late Otto, the 40th Laureate of the Prize and the second laureate from Germany.

Hosts Cindy Pritzker and Tom & Margot Pritzker were joined by Pritzker Architecture Prize Jurors Lord Peter Palumbo, Alejandro Aravena, Justice Stephen Breyer, Kristin Feireiss, Yung Ho Chang, Benedetta Tagliabue, Ratan Tata as well as Glenn Murcutt (2002 Laureate) and Richard Rogers (2007 Laureate); Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates Shigeru Ban (2014), Lord Norman Foster (1999), Zaha Hadid (2004), Thom Mayne (2005), Jean Nouvel (2008) as well as jurors Richard Rogers (2007) and Glenn Murcutt (2002), among other guests.

Upon arrival, guests entered a four-point tensile tent first designed by Otto as a music pavilion for the 1955 Federal Garden Exhibition in Kassel, Germany, constructed for the occasion. An example of his pioneering message of technology for the sake of society, the design and materials of the tent embodied the simple elegance and prescience of his life work. Otto created a new paradigm of sustainable architecture, initiating a worldwide industry of energy-saving fabric structures.  2014 Pritzker Laureate Shigeru Ban, a close friend and longtime collaborator of Otto, implemented Otto’s design with the support of Birdair (TAIYO), the leading contractor of custom tensile membrane structures in the world.

Mayor Philip Levine and Executive Director, Martha Thorne gave welcoming remarks after guests were treated to a Fanfare for the Prize composed to Michael Tilson Thomas and then seated to dinner in the Performance Hall of the New World Symphony. Prior to dinner, guests enjoyed remarks by the Chair of the Pritzker Prize jury Lord Peter Palumbo, and by Tom Pritzker, with architect Christine Otto-Kanstinger accepting the medallion on behalf of her father.

Lord Peter Palumbo spoke of Otto and his work to represent “An architecture that celebrated the human sprit and the human condition. An architecture that exuded spiritual generosity. This free spirit was able to imbue and inform his architecture with the literature of life in the way that people feel sublimating the self in the interest and for the good of humanity and most especially for the poor and defenseless.”

Architecture historian and critic Francesco Dal Co moderated a panel with Shigeru Ban, Lord Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, and Richard Rogers in complement to a film featuring the late Laureate in which Otto noted “I only have one dream. One dream. It is the oldest of humanity, of man, in time. It is paradise.  I would like to give paradise to everyone.”

Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid

Yung Ho Chang

Yung Ho Chang

Tom Shapiro, Jeanne Gang, & Deedie P. Rose

Tom Shapiro, Jeanne Gang, & Deedie P. Rose

Tom Pritzker, Caro Muruano, & Philip Levine

Tom Pritzker, Caro Muruano, & Philip Levine

Thom Mayne

Thom Mayne

Terry Riley, Alan Faena, Jean Nouvel, & Barbara Devries

Terry Riley, Alan Faena, Jean Nouvel, & Barbara Devries

Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban

Shareef Malnik & Gabrielle Anwar

Shareef Malnik & Gabrielle Anwar

Richard Rodgers & Lady Hayat Palumbo

Richard Rodgers & Lady Hayat Palumbo

Ratan N. Tata & Martha Thorne

Ratan N. Tata & Martha Thorne

Philip Levin & Caro Muruano

Philip Levin & Caro Muruano

Patrick Schumacher, Zaha Hadid, & Craig Robins

Patrick Schumacher, Zaha Hadid, & Craig Robins

Lord Norman Foster

Lord Norman Foster

Lord Norman Foster

Lord Norman Foster

Lida Guan & Jean Nouvel

Lida Guan & Jean Nouvel

Justice Stephen Breyer, Alejandro Aravena, & Lord Peter Palumbo

Justice Stephen Breyer, Alejandro Aravena, & Lord Peter Palumbo

Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel

Glenn Murcutt

Glenn Murcutt

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Anthony Shriver, Jonathan Breene, Criselda Breene, & Austin Harrelson

Anthony Shriver, Jonathan Breene, Criselda Breene, & Austin Harrelson

Alistair Gordon & Sarah Arison

Alistair Gordon & Sarah Arison

Alfredo Cubina, Silvia Cubina

Alfredo Cubina, Silvia Cubina

Photos by World Red Eye

Coldwell Banker¹s The Jills® List Second-Most Expensive Home in Miami-Dade.

The Jills

The Jills®, Coldwell Banker’s No. 1 sales team worldwide, have listed the second-most expensive residential property on the market in Miami-Dade County – 1 Casuarina Concourse in Coral Gables, presented for $67 million. This magnificent 20,862-square-foot estate, located in the exclusive gated waterfront community of Gables Estates, is perched on a 3.6-acre lot that juts out into Biscayne Bay, providing spectacular 270-degree water and skyline views and 937 feet of water frontage including a private beach.

11 Casuarina_01“This estate is absolutely exceptional in every way and has attracted the interest of several Miami notables in the past, including a major sports star,” said Jill Hertzberg of The Jills. “With the recent additions, it presents a rare level of luxury, even for Miami.”

11 Casuarina_03“This property has it all from the prestigious location, an incomparable lot with open bay and downtown views, to offering every amenity including a tennis court and dockage for a large yacht,” said Jill Eber.

11 Casuarina_04Built in 2000, the Mediterranean-inspired mansion is a showstopper from the moment of arrival, where a more than 100-year-old Tanzanian Baobab tree – deemed a historical landmark – offers a dramatic welcome. The sprawling, meticulously cared for grounds feature lush, mature landscaping highlighted by a century-old banyan tree, extensive lighting and security cameras, koi pond, fully lighted tennis/basketball court and a cabana with mini-kitchen, full bath and storage closet that could be converted to guest quarters. A large heated pool and spa overlook the bay, and the 100-foot-long dock can accommodate boats up to 130 feet long.

11 Casuarina_06The grand, elegant interiors are every bit as impressive as the property’s prominently showcased water views. Thoughtfully designed and revealing exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail, the home features three fully finished levels of living space. The main floor includes both a chef’s and separate family kitchen, spacious formal dining room with  1,500-bottle wine room, family room with a drop-down projector and Savant system, corporate office with private bath, a his office/den and hers office/library, children’s playroom, three powder rooms and a guest bedroom with full bath. Additional amenities include an elevator, impact-resistant glass and doors, service entrance, three fireplaces, two built-in saltwater aquariums and an aviary.

11 Casuarina_07On the second level, the home’s opulent master suite features a fireplace, his-and-hers walk-in closets, a private balcony and incredible, sweeping bay-to-ocean views. An en suite bath offers a steam shower, soaking tub, dual vanities and separate water closets. Additional spaces on the upper floor include three generously sized bedrooms, each with a full bath and walk-in closet, and a gallery room designed to house the owner’s art collection.

11 Casuarina_08The lower level contains a large game/billiard room with kitchenette, full gym, boxing room, massage room, two-bedroom nanny’s quarters, staff room and breakroom with kitchen, and an attached guest apartment with master bedroom, guest bedroom, office, kitchen, laundry area and separate entrance.

11 Casuarina_09The home is the latest impressive offering from The Jills, the leading real estate agents in South Florida and Miami Beach, who have sold more than $2.8 billion in real estate since 2005. Their expertise and knowledge of the luxury market has helped them achieve record-shattering sales, including the sale of the Versace Mansion and the highest recorded sale in Miami ever, the $47 million 3 Indian Creek. They were recently named Coldwell Banker’s No. 1 sales team worldwide for the fourth consecutive year and Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Florida’s No. 1 team for 11 consecutive years, and were named the No. 1 residential real estate sales team in America by The Wall Street Journal/REAL Trends in 2012 and 2013.

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Photos by Luis Travieso