By Liana Lozada
The new year welcomes a few highly anticipated additions to Miami’s retail, arts and fitness scenes.
After years of anticipation, the massive three-block-wide Brickell City Centre has made its heralded debut. Swire Properties’ impressive open-air shopping center, encapsulated in sustainable design by Arquitectonica, spans 500,000 square feet and houses over 100 retailers and eateries under its glass and steel Climate Ribbon. The trellis rooftop isn’t just visually stunning; it aids in controlling the temperature by capturing the bay’s breeze. Natural light brightens the interior by day, while a rotation of blues and purples illuminates the panels by night. Anchoring the center is the decadent three-story Saks Fifth Avenue. Street-level shoppers can roam cosmetics and fragrances before heading up the winding staircase to the dedicated women’s floor, where muted tones give pieces by Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney all their needed attention. Level three is devoted to menswear, where a John Allan’s grooming club is set to open later this year. 701 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 786.288.3654; brickellcitycentre.com
In-water exercises have long been favored by physical therapists due to their ease on the body’s joints, but these days, this methodical approach to fitness is getting the trendy treatment. Element Aqua, a facility dedicated to submerged water workouts, splashed into Miami’s boutique gym scene in early 2017. Located in the MiMo District, this 3,000-square-foot, eco-conscious swim center features 20 stainless-steel aqua cycling bikes, a natatorium, and men’s and women’s locker rooms. Underwater cycling leads the class pact, but Element also offers sessions geared toward mindful movement, circuit regimens and prenatal training. 6200 NE Fourth Court, Miami; 305.570.5569; elementaqua.com
Culture on Collins
One year after setting the hospitality world abuzz with the debut of Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Alan Faena and Len Blavatnik have completed the Faena District, a four-block expansion of cultural initiatives running north up Collins Avenue. The district now includes the hotel, the Faena Bazaar, Faena Park and the Faena Forum, which acts as the cornerstone. Faena tapped OMA, the design firm founded by Rem Koolhaas, to create the Forum, a multifaceted performance and event space that encompasses a staggering 43,000 square feet. The first floor, dubbed the Rose Room, is a pink-marble rotunda with a spiraling windowed stairway leading to a domed assembly hall. In true Faena fashion, one of the Forum’s inauguration events came with one of the world’s biggest stars: Madonna. In December, during Art Basel, she hosted her Malawi hospital benefit, a star-studded affair that raised over $7.5 million. 3300 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305.534.8800; faena.com