ADAGiO: Coastal Modern Design Comes to Coral Bay

East elevation view of Adagio

ADAGiO: Coastal Modern Design Comes to Coral Bay

Text John T. O'Connor       Renderings GS4studios

Back when Coral Ridge was carved out of mangrove-tangled shores off the Intracoastal in the late 1940s, they got a few things absolutely right. Two of those things are Sunrise Bay and its little sister, Coral Bay. These quiet harbors both boast stunning Intracoastal views and look directly east towards the gorgeous canopy that was once the Hugh Taylor Birch estate and is now the 180-acre Birch State Park. These beautiful harbors are two of Fort Lauderdale's best kept secrets, crowned in the center by the Coral Ridge Yacht Club.

Today, in a collaboration between developer Grupo Alco International, Garcia Stromberg and GS4 Studios a condominium building is rising that brings just twelve waterfront residences to the last buildable site on Coral Bay. At Adagio, as the building is called, GS4 and Garcia Stromberg pushed for a "coastal modern" ideology that celebrates the natural beauty of the location with indoor-outdoor living, true floor-to-ceiling glass, and a careful choice of materials geared towards working with nature instead of ignoring it. The word Adagio, which comes from the Italian expression ad agio - translates as "at ease"... a perfect discriptor to this new residential building.

Grupo ALCO International seems to have understood the intrinsic value of Adagio's setting on the bay. At the same time they've paid close attention to who the potential buyers for these twelve residences will be. Located steps to Neiman Marcus and The Galleria as well as walking distance to the beach, Adagio is definitely geared to the well-heeled. Its exterior is designed to be clad in natural stone with detailing in exotic wood. A mosaic tiled water feature flanks the entrance to the building on Seminole Drive, continuing into the lobby, and the enclosed, first level, secured parking is sheathed in airy, tropically-inspired wood grillwork. This natural wood detailing reappears on the ceiling of all terraces and balconies, and south facing windows feature metal "eyebrows" that act to shield interiors from the midday sun. Add to this the high efficiency glazing, deep shading terraces and true east-to-west flow-through plans and you have a building yearning to be green.

The bay side of Adagio is virtually all glass, with residences starting on the 2nd level and all with stunning views of Coral Bay and the comings and goings of yachts from both the yacht club and the Sunrise Harbor marina. Besides private parking, the ground level includes dedicated storage areas, a fitness studio, cabana baths, and entrance to the bay-front swimming pool and Adagio's own boat slips.

Adagio has been designed with three different floor layouts, all based on open-plan living, all with high, ten foot ceilings and all taking full advantage of the east-facing views. Deep terraces of 370 to 420 square feet and each with its own outdoor kitchen act as outdoor rooms, and all residences hover around 3,000 square feet with two bedrooms plus den to three bedrooms plus den and all with three to four full bathrooms. According to the developer, the building should be completed and ready for occupancy by late summer, 2014.

Residences in the 02 line have about 3,000 square feet of living space plus balcony and a generous waterfront terrace.


JOHN SPEAR, Associate Publisher

JOHN T. O'CONNOR, Editorial Director At Large

HILARY A. LEWIS, Senior Editor


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