Singapore is getting way greener thanks to this architectural firm

Parkroyal on Pickering tower in Singapore

Parkroyal on Pickering tower in Singapore


From the New York site: Construction goes around the clock in the dense nation state of Singapore. But increasingly, the wealthy island is turning away from the typical trappings of new construction and focusing on developing environmentally conscious architecture. And that is in large part thanks to the firm WOHA.


Singaporean architecture firm WOHA recently designed the Parkroyal on Pickering, a high-end hotel that feature terraces literally dripping foliage. And that isn’t their only sky garden.


Founded in 1994 by Richard Hassell and Wong Mun Summ, WOHA says it is committed to combating the process of global warming in tropical Asian cities.


“Skyscrapers don’t have to be shiny machines,” Hassell told Curbed. “We can introduce other concepts to their design and they can turn out quite differently.”


They are currently working on designing vertical ecosystems and using the Green Plot Ratio, which compares newly planted vegetation with the amount of vegetation present before it was developed.


The firm is currently exhibiting “Garden City, Mega City,” which is open until September 4th at the Skyscraper Museum in New York City. [Curbed]Christopher Cameron



Sales office opens for four-home Lauderdale enclave

Rendering of the Beach House development in Fort Lauderdale

Rendering of the Beach House development in Fort Lauderdale


North Miami Beach-based Macken Companies opened an on-site sales center for Beach House, an enclave of four high-end houses under construction on Dolphin Isles, a barrier island in Fort Lauderdale.


The residences, with prices starting at $1.375 million, are being built in an enclave between Highway A1A and the Intracoastal Waterway. Construction is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2017.


The house addresses are 2512 and 2516 Northeast 32 Avenue, and 3200 and 2310 Northeast 26 Street.


The new sales center at 3200 Northeast 26 Street is open Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment.


Stofft Architects designed Beach House with a contemporary tropical design. Marc-Michaels Interiors is overseeing the finishes.


The project is being constructed by VCM Builders and offered for sale by Macken Realty. Both are affiliates of Macken Companies.



The Wrap: Miami officials will study possible city management of Virginia Key marinas, FPL office project with helipad stagnating in Palm Beach Gardens…and more


Rendering of a marina development proposal from RCI Group, one of three bids thrown out in July


1. Miami officials will study possible city management of Virginia Key marinas [Miami Today]


2. FPL office project with helipad stagnating in Palm Beach Gardens [Palm Beach Post]


3. Miami architects chosen for Central America’s largest mixed-use project [Curbed Miami]


4. Two downtowns are making their own vibe on Fort Lauderdale’s borders [Sun Sentinel]



– Sean Stewart-Muniz



Cape Horn 32

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A no nonsense approach to fishing produces a boat design that is rugged and reliable. Padded bow, console and stern seating make a long run more comfortable. Race inspired helm seats are mounted on the forward portion of a huge, center-mounted, 60-gallon live baitwell. Inside the step down console is a Sani-Pottie and in the cockpit there’s a pull-out freshwater shower. Two hatches on the stern bulkhead open to additional storage and an optional second baitwell. The molded cap and curvy shear add to the beautiful lines but don’t take away from the easy to maintain interior gel coat finish of the cockpit.


Cape Horn Boats


Fabbro Marine Group, Inc.


5540 Industrial Blvd.


Milton, FL 32583





Cape Horn 32 Specifications


LOA: 31 feet 10 inches


Beam: 9 feet 1 inch


Fuel Capacity: 273 gals


Max hp: 700


Hull Weight: 5,400 lbs


MSRP: 160,504.00 with T300 Yamahas



The fiberglass hardtop is supported by sturdy aluminum legs with a powder coat finish to stand up to a saltwater environment.


This boat is set up to do offshore battle with plenty of rod holders on the T-Top and transom bulkhead.


Built-in tackle drawers, on the side of the helm seat, keep all of your rigs organized.


The center console has plenty of room for flush-mounted electronics. The wrap-around windshield offers protection from wind and rain.




The sleek lines on this 32-foot boat match its smooth ride offshore.


The plush helm seats have folding armrest and make a long run more comfortable.


The molded fiberglass hardtop has an electronics box for additional equipment or a great place to store your personal gear.


Under the bow seating are two large dry storage compartments with additional storage compartments built into the gunnel cap.


Another view of the bow seating shows built-in handrails and an anchor locker.


Behind the helm seating is a large capacity live baitwell. The rod holders above keep your outfits close to the action.


Wrap-around bow seating allows you to use this offshore fishing machine as a family cruiser also.


When you're done fishing for the day this Cape Horn makes a great cruising boat for you and your guest.


The Wrap: Liquid Lofts gets approval from Miami planning department, Miramar to consider plans for new retail and hotel projects…and more


Renderings of the Liquid Lofts


1. Liquid Lofts gets approval from Miami planning department [The Next Miami]


2. Miramar to consider plans for new retail, hotel [SFBJ]


3. Paramount Miami Worldcenter’s game room revealed in new renderings [Curbed Miami]


4. Fort Lauderdale’s BFC to take full control of BBX [Daily Business Review]



– Sean Stewart-Muniz



Andres Asion leaving Fortune for his own brokerage amid condo slowdown

Andres Asion cropped

Andres Asion


After seven years heading Fortune International Group’s development sales division, Andres Asion is leaving Friday for his own firm, The Real Deal has learned.


And the timing is no accident.


Asion, 41, told TRD that his plans are to capitalize on the condo market slowdown to branch out beyond development sales to residential and commercial deals and distressed properties, as well as advising developers on revising their projects as they face the next phase of the cycle.


“It’s one of those times in my life that I want to go on my own,” he said.


Asion, a fixture at South Florida launch parties, said he told Fortune President and CEO Edgardo Defortuna early this year about his plans. “I am not leaving to jump ship to a competitor….,” he said. “I look forward to working with Fortune and Edgardo in the future on other deals.” Defortuna was out of the country on Thursday and could not reached for comment.


Asion actually founded his firm, Miami Real Estate Group, in 2008, after working for 12 years at Cervera Real Estate. He worked at his firm for a year, spearheading the sellout of Infinity on Brickell, Brickell on the River and Havana Lofts, the latter for a bank. Then Fortune decided it wanted to expand its development sales arm beyond its own projects to third-party developers. “So I came on board, and together with the rest of the team, we went after additional business and we were very successful,” Asion said.


At Fortune, Asion worked on 39 development projects, with total sales of $10 billion. Among the condo projects: SLS Brickell, the Paraiso towers, Hyde Midtown, One Ocean and Brickell Heights.


“It’s been an amazing ride,” he said.


When he joined Fortune, his brother-in-law’s sister-in-law, Susan Priscal, ran Miami Real Estate Group as the broker of record. The brokerage firm currently has a total staff of seven and one office at Brickell on the River, at 41 Southeast Fifth Street in Miami.


“The business never closed,” Asion said. “I was just never attached to the business, and I never wanted to close shop but never did business through that entity.”


He begins Monday as broker at Miami Real Estate Group, with plans are to add a second office at 60 Southwest 13th Street, with a goal of more than doubling the staff to 15 or 20 agents.


“I’m looking forward to looking for good business opportunities for buyers and developers looking for the right opportunity for the next round of the market,” he said, “whether in Miami or Atlanta or Dallas,” or internationally.



The Wrap: Genting consultant says Resorts World marina could be benefit to manatees, Related hires lobbyist for Terminal Island project…and more


Rendering of Resorts World Miami


1. Genting consultant says Resorts World marina could be benefit to manatees [Miami Herald]


2. Related hires lobbyist for Terminal Island project [The Next Miami]


3. ‘Miami’s not for poor people’: The demolition of Little Farm [New Tropic]


4. Miami Beach to curb commercial vehicles parked at South Pointe Park [Miami Herald]



– Sean Stewart-Muniz