Skyline Show Stopper

Plans for Turnberry Ocean Club show one of the most architecturally distinctive luxury condos ever to be built in Sunny Isles. Slated for completion in 2018, the 54-story building is a collaboration between Turnberry Associates and internationally acclaimed design architect Carlos Zapata.

The oceanfront project at 18501 Collins Avenue will offer 154 three-, four-, five-, and six-bedroom units starting at $4 million. Amenities include direct oceanfront and bay views, membership privileges at Turnberry Isle Resort & Country Club, beach service, three lounge areas, three private dining areas, 31 ocean view cabanas, three swimming pools, a multi-lingual concierge, 24/7 valet and security. 

Turnberry Ocean Club’s dramatic porte cochere, a large-scale arched-covered entrance, will open into the expansive three-level glass-window lobby with direct views of the ocean. Beyond, the resort-like lifestyle is highlighted with a view of its lobby infinity-edge pool, cabanas and immediate access to the beach. 

“My goal was to design a building that would be visually identifiable,” Zapata says. “The most important consideration was the sequence of events that residents will experience when they arrive from the protected entrance under a generous porte cochere connecting the building to the landscape, to the water sequence and the Sky Club.” 

Zapata, along with Turnberry Associates” Jeffrey Soffer planned the building’s $100 million Sky Club to be a distinctive private club located within the 30th through the 32nd floors of the modern blue glass structure with ultra-luxurious amenities and a one-of-a-kind space for residents to enjoy. 

“We wanted residents to feel like members of an exclusive club, not only through the five-star amenities and service, but also though the architecture,” Soffer says.

As an oceanfront building, the Turnberry Ocean Club will carry a water theme throughout, with a generous fountain at the street level entrance, two additional bodies of water at the top of the hill entrance to the building, and another as visitors enter the lobby. The infinity-edge pool continues the water sequence as it visually connects to the ocean. 

The Sky Club, 300 feet above sea level, boasts 360-degree views throughout the high-ceiling amenity-focus space. 

“Particularly in a tropical location, it was very important for me to provide a space within the high-rise which has a very powerful outdoor experience,” Zapata explains. “The most stunning aspects of the club are the two cantilevered pools that reach out towards the ocean and towards the bay.”

Although headquartered in New York City, Zapata’s South Florida designs include the Miami International Airport Concourse J and the chic Miami Beach Publix by the Bay supermarket. His projects have received prestigious awards, including National and local American Institute or Architects awards; International Awards at Bienale XII and XIV. ?

 In 2011, Zapata’s Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, was named one of the 20 most iconic skyscrapers by CNN. Some of his other most recognized designs are Soldier Field in Chicago and the Standard East Hotel in Manhattan, the JW Marriott in Hanoi and the Sculptura Ardmore in Singapore.?

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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.