Made for the Shade

Miami’s Brickell area for decades has been home to some of South Florida’s most progressive high-rises. The upcoming Solitair project is poised to expand the list. The building’s architecture will have a unique angular basket-weave design. The zigzag structure with serrated balconies represents flight, movement, lightness and two-dimensional shifting planes.

The concept for Orlando-based real estate developer ZOM’s Solitair Residences comes from the award-winning architecture and design firm ADD Inc. The 48-story building has a high-profile location at the entrance to Brickell City Centre at 86 SW 8th St. Construction is expected to start this year and finish next summer.

Architect Jonathan Cardello, principal-director of ADD, is spearheading the architecture and design of the residential tower, which will also include 4,500 square feet of ground-level retail space. Solitair will have 434 residential units, three offices and 440 parking spaces.

Created with environmental concerns in mind, Solitair’s design avoids direct sunlight and solar radiation. Wells located throughout the structure will capture stormwater, while interior materials such as paint, carpets, adhesives and sealants will be low-emitting to maintain optimum indoor air. Green features such as low VOC paints and recycled glass, wood and quartz are also used throughout the interior. Once completed, the project will pursue LEED certification.

 �We wanted to create a building that would really stand out in Brickell,” Cardello says. “I believe we’ve done that with the ingenuity of this design. There is nothing like it in the area.”

The overall vision for the interior design is meant to seamlessly draw from Solitair’s architectural concept. Designed with cool urban, cool neutral materials, it is meant to serve as a gallery and backdrop for bold, artistic elements and to reflect the concept of sophisticated, modern living.

ADD Inc., which has offices in Boston and Miami, recently joined Stantec’s Buildings Team, a group of more than 2,500 design and allied professionals working in over 90 offices across North America. ADD has expertise in multifamily housing; workplace interiors; commercial/mixed-use buildings; college and university projects; hospitality; and branding, while Stantec offers services within the areas of planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management and project economics. ?

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.