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Elsa Pataky

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MIAMI LIVING 111 If television is to be believed, then living on a boat is a thing for brooding people. (Think Jake Hanson on Melrose Place.) Leave it to Miami to re-invent that notion with the docking of ArTech, Aventura's most high-tech luxury residences designed by Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott for Fortune International. Living in a building that is shaped like a boat is the new fabulous black, people, because with ArTech, Ott has broken through the traditional barriers of condominium design to create a nautical- inspired 232-residence, 10-story-high, state-of-the-art building reflecting its waterfront environment. ArTech's elegant slopes and lines really are a sight to behold. The structure's think- outside-the-box boomerang shape showcases curvilinear floor plans that provide longer windows and maximize views of the Intracoastal Waterway. And its cruise ship-like design takes full advantage of close to 900 feet of water frontage, creating a look that complements the boats that will be moored on its docks. "To be consistent with the maritime vision, the detailing of the building was done utilizing materials used in boats and yachts: stainless steel, glass, aluminum.… " Ott told Miami Living. "We tried to create a modern look to be consistent with the yachts, Porsches, or designer wear of the potential residents." (Think … you.) Laid out horizontally along this stretch, ArTech offers outdoor amenities such as more than 40,000 square feet of leisure space, a 177-foot triangular infinity pool, a waterfront whirlpool spa, two tennis courts, and private marina. Indoors you can find a state-of-the-art wellness center with a yoga/Pilates studio, a dance studio, spinning rooms, and a full spa with Turkish bath, massage rooms and saunas, and a racquetball court. A community/party room includes billiards, reading and card tables, a 32-seat private movie theater, and a fully functional entertainment kitchen. Residences at ArTech are priced from $325,000 to more than $1.3 million. And how is this for a beyond-luxurious bonus: The building offers its residents fractional ownership of ArTech 1—an almost $2 million 60-foot luxury yacht. Anchors aweigh!, is all we have to say. For Ott, designing in the Magic City was an opportunity to leave a mark in our much-celebrated-and-photographed beautiful landscape. "To me, Miami is one of the most cosmopolitan and fun cities in the United States," says Ott. "Its exceptional location along endless sandy beaches and aquamarine ocean, its endless maze of canals and islands created along the Intracoastal Waterway, and its superb weather and the proximity to the Caribbean and aerial connections to cities around the world make it an ideal place to live. "Everything Miami has to offer—its restaurants and modern hotels, its contemporary and Latin rhythms, its world- class contemporary art scene, etc.—allow architects to let their imaginations go and conceive unique, different spaces for its population." As a result, Ott says some of the most creative architecture, and, for that matter, interior design and design in general, is happening in this tropical paradise. The architect currently is completing Fortune International's futuristic Jade Beach and Jade Ocean, a twin-tower condominium development in Sunny Isles Beach. "I would be much interested of your readers' opinion about them," he said, "as they have been designed with the goal of creating new architectural concepts, similarly to ArTech." So be sure to stop by and check out these new architectural achievements, but first visit ArTech at 2950 N.E. 188 St. in Aventura, and let them know if you are on board. Home is where the heart is, but when it comes to ArTech, home is where the dock is. For more information, visit ML PEOPLE So Not Your Average Boat House Architect Carlos Ott's ArTech redefines waterfront living Words by Martin Haro

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