Miami Beach Mansion Designed by Choeff Levy Fischman Gains National Attention

7-17-17A spec home on Miami Beach’s North Bay Road, where many celebrities have owned homes, returned to the market this month for $26.95 million.

Designed by Choeff Levy Fischman, the two-story residence features an abundance of expansive glass windows to connect indoor living with the entertaining spaces edging the Biscayne Bay.

The 15,000-square-foot mansion has a 40-foot wide living room, seven bedrooms, as well as nine full bathrooms and two half bathrooms. There is also an indoor-outdoor gym, private yoga deck, an office, a home theater, dining and kitchen and a 600-bottle wine cellar. The exterior of the tropical modern residence features Ipe wood and white stucco finishes, warm limestone cladding and custom Italian doors.

Outdoor amenities include an infinity pool, full-kitchen and cabana, three-car garage, lush landscaping, and a dock with 100 feet of water frontage.

One of the home’s most unique features is a 2,500-square-foot rooftop deck designed for entertaining with views of Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east—a rarity in Miami real estate.

The developer bought the site in 2013 for $6.6 million, according to property records.

North Bay Road is filled with celebrity residents, including NBA player Dwyane Wade, fashion moguls Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein and former baseball star Alex Rodriguez.

To read the full article, visit Mansion Global.

Concrete Beach Brewery Honors Mango Season with Limited Release Beer

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There are three things guaranteed during the summer months in Miami – hotter temps, rainy afternoons, and mangos. This summer, Concrete Beach Brewery is putting those mangos to use by bringing back its coveted Mango Gose for a second year.

Inspired by the mountains of tropical fruit sold by street cart vendors, Mango Gose is a German-style wheat ale brewed with salt and coriander. Breaking from tradition, this beer also has fresh mango and lime zest for a refreshingly pleasant summer beer with a local twist.

“Last year we received great feedback about our Mango Gose, so I’m excited to bring it back for a second summer and give people the chance to purchase it in cans as well,” said Marco Reyna, head brewer for Concrete Beach. “Goses are traditionally on the sour side with a touch of salinity, so between that and the fresh fruit notes, it’s perfect for summer!”

Concrete Beach Brewery has partnered with Miami-based EcoRipe Tropicals, a leading importer and distributor of quality tropical fruits and vegetables, for the mangos. The local business donated the mangos, which were added during the whirlpool stage of the process.

The summer time brew was premiered earlier this month at the 25th International Mango Festival where the brewery hosted the Concrete Beach Brewery Beer Garden complete with lawn games and cold beer.

If you missed the Mango Festival, you still have a chance to try Mango Gose before the summer ends by visiting Concrete Beach in Wynwood. Swing by and take a 6-pack to go or stay for a while and enjoy the vibe!

MCAD Creates Design & Policy Strategies to Build Healthier Communities

dsc01415The Miami Center for Architecture & Design is making Miami-Dade County a healthier place to live, work and play by working with city leaders to adopt and implement Active Design Miami, a set of policy and design strategies for creating healthier streets, open spaces and buildings. The initiative is meant to change the way public and private spaces are designed by going beyond looking at the efficiency of a space, but rather taking into account the way they affect the health of the individuals who interact with them.

Miami-Dade County faces a number of challenges that can benefit from use of Active Design strategies. With two-thirds of Miami-Dade County’s 2.6 million residents overweight or obese, Active Design Miami comes at a perfect time. Its goal is to tackle the County’s rising obesity and chronic disease rates, and high rates of depression and other mental health issues affecting our communities.

As of today, Miami-Dade County and the cities of Miami, Miami Beach, Pinecrest, Surfside, South Miami and Key Biscayne have formally adopted Active Design Miami, and several other cities are also nearing adoption. The strategies are not one-size fits all, so cities can select the most appropriate ones for their needs. MCAD is currently working with the County and the six cities to implement the strategies that address the health needs of their respective city. In addition, Active Design Miami puts on several meetings and events that encourage healthy living. MCAD will continue working with the county and municipalities to implement these strategies.

Stantec Hosts Inaugural Miami Chapter of the Academy of Architecture for Health

eduardo_egeaThis week, Stantec Miami held the inaugural meeting for the Miami chapter of the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH). Healthcare design professionals and architects alike attended the event that kicked-off with a happy hour and included presenters Tatiana Guimares, past president of the national AAH, and Eduardo Egea, chair of the AAH Miami chapter.

The Academy’s mission is to improve both the quality of healthcare design and the design of healthy communities by developing, documenting, and disseminating knowledge; educating design practitioners and other related constituencies; advancing the practice of architecture; and affiliating and advocating with others that share these priorities.

Eduardo Egea recently joined Stantec as the healthcare principal for the company’s Miami office and organized the event themed ‘Moving Upstream – An Introduction to Healthcare Facilities Planning.’ Egea directed the presentation toward architects, who are historically “downstream” from key pre-design planning decisions and who he believes must react to the parameters established for the design process to follow.

Through Egea’s new position, he has helped the firm further expand its healthcare strategy and design capabilities in Florida, the Gulf Region, and beyond. Egea and his team are currently working on several renovation and expansion projects at Aventura Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Palms West Hospital, and Plantation General.

Concrete Beach Brewery Releases 12oz. Cans of Havana Lager

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Just in time for the start of summer, we introduce Havana Lager!

Inspired by both Miami’s prevalent and colorful Cuban culture and the rich brewing history of Vienna style lagers in Cuba, Concrete Beach Brewery recently released Havana Lager, a suave lager with a beautiful sunburst-orange hue and foamy white head.

The launch of Havana Lager in 12oz. cans was celebrated at Havana Nights, a new monthly event hosted at the Wynwood-based brewery. The first Havana Nights fell during Father’s Day Weekend during a 3-day event series, and fans were encouraged to bring the entire familia, both human and canine, for a weekend of celebrating dad with refreshing beers, delicious Cuban food, salsa music, dominos and Cuban cigars.

In the past two years, Concrete Beach Brewery has become a Wynwood staple, uniting the community with a common love of traditions. With an artistic array of classically brewed ales and lagers, Concrete Beach works hard to ensure that every pint conveys their passion and that their beer complements any occasion.

The new year-round beer will be available on draft at the Social Hall and across South Florida. To find where Havana Lager 12oz. cans are available near you, visit Concrete Beach’s beer finder.

Bloommiami Launches Little River Creative Collective

Last week, our client Bloommiami celebrated the Little River neighborhood’s transformation into Miami’s latest creative hub with the first installment of the Little River Creative Collective, a platform for local innovators to promote their work and present ideas, facilitating growth through collaboration and commerce.

The theme of the night was ‘Creative Rides’, which focused on highlighting a few local creative minds who are helping the neighborhood maintain its edge, while fostering growth through collaboration. The Little River artisans featured in this month’s collective specialize in cool rides ranging from custom bicycles, longboards, and innovative surfboards all locally crafted in Miami.

Rudy Marquez of Loco Cycles, Carlos Reyes of C-Shapes Fine Custom Surfboards, and Marlon Ammann of Holz Longboard Co. were the stars of the first Little River Creative Collective.

Located in the Little River district themselves, Bloommiami is particularly invested in the community. They are are passionate about the community’s continual transformation into a unique creative hub, all the while protecting its culture and heritage. In addition to it’s retail-focused designs, Bloommiami is working to build a network of united individuals through the Little River Creative Collective that focuses on the responsible growth of Miami’s diverse community through themed events relevant to featured creatives.

For it’s first event, Bloommiami designed a nature-inspired cocktail bar which featured  signature mojitos and daiquiris sponsored by Bacardi.

Be sure to keep up with Oberhausen on all social platforms for more news on Bloommiami and details on its next event!

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PCCSF Saves The Life of South Florida Teen From Near-Fatal Flu

jenny-spell6Jenny Spell was rehearsing for her Florida high school’s production of The Sound of Music in 2014 when she started feeling achy and fatigued.

“I thought it was a common cold,” Jenny, now 18, tells PEOPLE. “During show season, there are lots of nasty germs spreading around and I thought I could beat it, but it just got worse and worse.”

The teen doesn’t remember much from the days that followed —only that her body “quit” on her and she found herself unable to move. Her mother, Ann Spell, took her to their primary care office in their hometown —  where doctors said she had flu-like symptoms.

“After three visits, she was eventually admitted to the ICU at a community hospital and I had to carry her in she was so weak,” Ann, a 53-year-old high school teacher in Loxahatchee, tells PEOPLE. “They immediately intubated her and started calling state hospitals to find a place that was equipped to handle necessary life support.”

Doctors and nurses informed Ann that her daughter would likely not make it through the night. They advised her to bring friends and family to the hospital to say their final goodbyes.

“I was preparing for her death,” says Ann. “It was terrifying, I can’t even express the pain I was feeling in that moment.

“My 16-year-old daughter was just running up the stairs earlier that week and now I was being told she wasn’t going to make it.”

Jenny was flown to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, where she was diagnosed with influenza by Dr. Gerald Lavandosky.

Read the full People Magazine story here.

OBR Gains Brodson Construction as New Client

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Oberhausen Marketing & PR is proud to announce it is now working with Brodson Construction, a national contractor based in South Florida with a track record of successful projects from Miami to Los Angeles.

Established in 1989 by Barry Brodsky and his father Stanley, Brodson is well known in the market for its high-end commercial, restaurant, retail and residential projects in South Florida’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Brodson’s discerning clientele value the firm’s personalized service and meticulous attention to detail.

Over the years, Brodson Construction has retained clients such as The Bal Harbour Shops-Whitman Family Development, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Harry Winston, and Starr Restaurant Group. Brodson is also a luxury homebuilder developing and constructing waterfront masterpieces designed by world-renowned architects.

This month, one of Brodson’s recently completed residential projects was recognized in Design Milk, a popular web outlet dedicated to art, architecture and design. The luxury home features various unique design elements including a 200-foot winding bridge and a swimmable lagoon.

Choeff Levy Fischman Highlights Tropical Modernism in The Wall Street Journal

img_3139Forget thatched roofs, flamingo-pink tiles and cheesy wooden carvings. Homeowners in warm-weather climes increasingly want the look of laid-back, low-key luxury.

Tropical modern, as the style is called, combines the clean lines and muted color palette of contemporary design with the exotic woods and stone found in island homes. Many affluent buyers are willing to pay a premium for tropical-modern homes.

The style “is having quite a big revival,” says architect Iain Jackson, a professor at the Liverpool School of Architecture in the U.K. who studies tropical architecture. He says the look is popular in Hawaii, Bali, the Maldives and other high-end destinations, where it has “taken on a much more glamorous and seductive high-end feel.” At the same time, he says, the designs “are borrowing from local vernacular traditions.”

Homeowners are starting to ask for tropical modern homes by name, says Paul Fischman, partner at Choeff Levy Fischman, a Miami-based architecture firm that specializes in the style. Mr. Fischman brings exterior materials such as limestone inside for a more cohesive look between indoor and outdoor living. Colors are cool whites or beige. The designs are the opposite of the colorful Art Deco homes once popular in the city, he says. “There’s no flamingo pink,” he adds.

In Miami, attorney Howard Srebnick was inspired by Balinese architecture to build a tropical-modern home in place of a run-down Mediterranean-style home that had been on the property. To maximize the views of Biscayne Bay, Mr. Srebnick worked with architects at Choeff Levy Fischman to design a home where the “emphasis was on the outside,” he says. Mr. Srebnick, 54, spent nearly $3 million to build the five-bedroom, 9,600-square-foot home, where he lives with his wife, Sharon, and two school-age children.

Read the full Wall Street Journal story here.

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Miami’s Inaugural Hospitality Design Awards

Call for entries!

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Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations, alongside AIA Miami and the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA), is now accepting entries for the inaugural Miami Hospitality Design Awards. Project owners and licensed architects and designers from anywhere in the world with hospitality projects located in Miami-Dade County completed between January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2016, are invited to enter through January 20, 2017.

In recent years, Miami has experienced unprecedented growth in the hospitality sector. Supported by some of the world’s leading brands and through the work of their architecture and design partners, they have unleashed the most significant, visionary hospitality built environments in the country.

“The awards will showcase excellence in architecture, elevate public consciousness of great design, and recognize those architects, designers, construction partners and hospitality venues whose work enriches our built environment,” said Cheryl Jacobs, Executive Vice President, AIA Miami.

“With our support and that of AIA Miami, Oberhausen Marketing & PR and Hospitality Design magazine, the awards will recognize the wonderful diversity and design excellence that continues to put Miami’s hospitality industry on the world map,” said Wendy Kallergis, President and CEO, GMBHA.

Hospitality projects include hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, lounges and bars.

Winners will be announced during a grand event on March 6, 2017, at the world-renowned Faena Forum in Miami Beach.

A special thanks to our presenting sponsor Hospitality Design magazine.

To enter, and for more information on the award categories and criteria, please visit miamidesignawards.com.