Next Level

by | Jul 15, 2021 | Build, Design, Landscape Architecture, Projects

Renters are flocking to the outdoor amenities of a brand-new luxury apartment in Miami

Luxury apartment leader AMLI Residential just opened a new property in downtown Miami. The number-one selling point — outdoor amenities.

AMLI Midtown Miami features 700 apartments in three buildings

All are joined by flyover bridges and a multi-level, interconnected system of gardens, swimming pools, courtyards and recreational amenities.

Leading landscape architect, Erez Bar-Nur of Landscape Design Workshop, called it a dream assignment.

“AMLI is a great brand known for luxury around the country,” says Erez. “They really wanted a rich outdoor program for their residents. They had an amazing budget and wanted this property to be their crown jewel. This is the gold standard.”

The infill development project replaced a blighted Chiquita packing plant with a 6.6-acre residential community spanning three city blocks.

The project embraced the core principles of new urbanism and smart growth. It is also LEED Platinum® certified.

Landscape Design Workshop provided landscape architecture services for the entire project. That included planting, hardscape, lighting and irrigation.

The project began more than five years ago, and leases are now going fast.

AMLI’s big investment in outdoor spaces is paying dividends. 

“Outdoor spaces always add value,” says Erez. “And the value really just went up after COVID. People realize more and more the value of outdoor space, especially in an urban context. We’ve designed this project like one large playground.”

Landscape Design Workshop designed incredible details throughout. From the detailed herringbone tile on the street to a ninth-floor rooftop volleyball court with Olympic sand.

In between are three dog parks, two rooftop swimming pools, a bocce ball court, putting green, fire tables, intimate garden patios and a stunning courtyard. 

“Overall we wanted a clean and modern look,” says Erez. “We wanted to reflect the Florida lifestyle, utilizing a lot of the outdoors and creating little spaces that intermingle and flow with each other.”

The color palette mimics the Miami’s classic chic style—fresh white planters and pavers, cool blue water, lush green vegetation, and little pops of accent colors. 

While it looks perfect now, a project this big did not come without complication. 

“The challenge was definitely the complexity of it,” says Erez.

“There were a lot of moving parts. When you start going up in the levels, everything is built on top of a structure. We took advantage of every space we could. We tightly coordinated everything with the architect and structural engineers to ensure the structures could carry the load. We also did extensive water proofing.”

Sports-grade turf was selected for the bocce ball court and putting green, while more lush turf was chosen for walkway areas. For the dog parks, an odor-resistant turf fabricated for pets was selected. 

“We used artificial turf throughout the property to not only reduce watering and maintenance, but also reduce the noise that comes along with that,” says Erez.

Landscape Design Workshop took great pride in the details.

LED lighting was installed under built-in benches so they glow at night.

To match the pop of orange on the building, the team planted carrot beak Heliconias. They also installed orange umbrellas and lounge chairs around the pool.

To help with parallel parking, Belgard street tiles were artfully arranged in a grid pattern. It is as useful as it is beautiful.

The tiles are 4 inches deep to handle the weight of utility trucks. The concrete pavers were mixed on site with three varying shades of gray.

The property is right on the street, so Landscape Design Workshop created green buffers with lush vegetation. The team also installed fountains throughout the property to drown out the city noise.

One of Erez’s favorite spaces is the courtyard.

“We’ve created a really cool space when you step into the courtyard,” says Erez. “It feels very protected in between the buildings. You don’t feel you’re in the middle of the city because of the vegetation and the sound of the water—you’re transported to a different place.”

The courtyard fountain traverses three different levels.

The plaza is raised about two feet above street level, and tenants and guests cross over a little glass bridge. Water flows beneath them.

The courtyard also features trellises, a summer kitchen and private garden patios for the ground-floor units.

Trees selected for the space are Wild Date Palms, Alexander Palms and Bridal Veil Trees with finely textured leaves. This allows in more light.

The fourth floor rooftop features an L-shaped pool with moving fountains to create ambient sound.

Custom aluminum trellises provide privacy and shade for lounging.

Higher concrete planters feature taller coconut palms and cone palms, while a lower level of planters were designed to soften the wall with smaller plants.

Landscape Design Workshop designed built-in benches between the planters. They look like wood, but are actually a more durable porcelain tile.

Complementing the planters are wide concrete pavers that were poured on site.

In an urban setting with a limited footprint, every inch was utilized to its maximum.

Filling the space between the two buildings on the 9th floor rooftop is a stunning centerpiece: a fountain planter with a one-of-a-kind guava tree. It can be viewed from the gym.

The fountain was constructed with porcelain tile and a stone veneer. The walkway paving is travertine installed in a French pattern. 

Also on the 9th floor rooftop, a lush border of native holly, dwarf grass and Fakahatchee grass.

This hides the building’s 200 air-conditioning units from the beach volleyball court. For movie nights on the sand, the volleyball net is removed and a screen pops up from the white concrete wall.

Other plants selected throughout the property include holly trees, Royal Palms, Rusty Leaf Figs, Variegated Ginger, Swiss Cheese Plants and Elephant Ears.

Plant materials were sourced from various nurseries. 

Erez says he has always been inspired by urban spaces, since a child growing up in Tel-Aviv in the midst of tightly knit mid-rise buildings and the green spaces between them. His work on AMLI Midtown Miami took home the Gold Award in the 2020 International Muse Design Awards. Of the more than 4,618 entries submitted from 57 countries, AMLI Midtown Miami rose to the top. 

Project Details 

Size: 6.6 acres

Length: 5 years

Cost: Under $2M


Erez Bar-Nur

Landscape Design Workshop

301 Yamato Road, Suite 1240

Boca Raton, Florida 33431

(954) 772-0274

Partners & Suppliers:

Landscape Architecture

Erez Bar-Nur, Principal

Landscape Design Workshop


Bernard Zyscovich

Zyscovich Architects

General Contractor 

John Moriarty & Associates

Swimming Pools & Fountains

Dillon Pools

Landscape Contractor

Amaro Landscape Associates 

(305) 234-8440 


Kip Paulen, Casual Furniture Associates

Pavilion Furniture


Decorative Concrete Pavers

Belgard Pavers

Porcelain Tiles & Stone

Emser Tile

Artificial Turf

Royal Grass


Chris Doane, Power & Lighting Systems

Lumenpulse Lighting



Aluminum Pergola

Associated Steel & Aluminum

(954) 969-0208


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