The first new condominium development on Miami’s Brickell waterfront in nearly two decades, Una Residences is a soaring new symbol of luxury living. The building towers above its neighbors—no surprise since the architecture team behind its design, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, is known for its supertall skyscrapers. But what sets Una apart isn’t just its height. It also has a shimmery, wavelike design, inspired by Italy’s Riva yachts, and an enviable location on Biscayne Bay. The cantilevered construction, curvilinear, double-height porte-cochere, and windowed lobby maximize views from every direction, while lush gardens by landscape architect Enzo Enea are a counterpoint to water, water, everywhere. Its location, on an oak-shaded stretch of waterfront known as the “Park Avenue” of Miami, gives it a residential feel, with convenient proximity to buzzy restaurants, fashionable retailers, and cultural landmarks like Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.
Architects Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill of the Chicago-based firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill have a penchant for height, and, at 613 feet, Una is the tallest in the area. This fact is augmented by the space around the tower, with a long approach leading to the arced porte-cochere. Its wave-inspired, cantilevered silhouette gives it a sculptural effect that is apparent from afar and up close. “When you look up at Una, it has a shimmering quality,” said the architects. “It is very dynamic—it has a sense of movement and fluidity.”