While his work takes him around the world, Ingels has been spending lots of time in Florida.
In addition to his Fort Lauderdale project, the Marina Lofts (which features Lego-looking buildings, one of which appears torn from the bottom like a sheet of paper,) Ingels designed two twirling condo towers going up in Coconut Grove. Developers at the Terra Group gave Ingels his Florida debut, hiring him for the Grove at Grand Bay project.
Plans call for two luxury condo buildings, each twisting from its base to create views of Biscayne Bay while staying out of each other’s way.
“There are some architects that all they care about is their sculpture,” said David Martin, president of Terra Group. “He on the other hand, really approaches things in a really genuine humble, manner and is really conscientious and respectful.”
As Ingels amasses more and more projects — just this month, he landed the Europa City project and won a design contest to create better access to some of the Smithsonian’s less-visited museums — he is already thinking about how to leave a legacy beyond buildings.
“If a significant part of what you do as an architect is that you come up with new ideas, you come up with new approaches of how to deal with a certain city or a culture or climate, you won’t be able to have a massive impact on your own,” he said. “But if the ideas you develop, if you can communicate them in ways that people can pick them up, you can actually create ripples in the water.”
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