Design Buzz: The Four Seasons' Surf Club

four seasons hotel at the surf club

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced that Miami will be home to a second Four Seasons with the revival of The Surf Club, a 1930s landmark. Scheduled to open in the later part of 2015, Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, the brand’s fourth property in Florida, will have approximately 80 rooms; while The Surf Club Four Seasons Private Residences will offer more rooms and penthouses in two towers. The project is located on a nine-acre (3.6 hectare) property on the Atlantic Ocean in Surfside, Florida that Fort Capital acquired in 2012.

Fort Capital, the Miami-based private real estate investment company, will brand and manage The Surf Club. 

Richard Meier & Partners, in association with KKAID, is the design architect for the project. This is Meier’s first project in the Miami area. Both will offer beach living, with direct access to 965 feet of Atlantic oceanfront. The hotel will have two restaurants, four swimming pools, a spa and fitness center.

Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club will incorporate a historic Russell Pancoast-designed building. The Surf Club Four Seasons Private Residences will have 150 homes and penthouses in two 12-story towers. Both will offer customized service. 

The Surf Club was founded in 1930 by Harvey Firestone as a private membership club. When it reopens, it will join a portfolio of historic Four Seasons hotels, including the landmark Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris; the Palazzo and Giardino della Gherardesca at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze; and the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, housed in a restored 19th century palace.

The Surf Club has two residential towers; a private membership club; two restaurants; four swimming pools; a spa and fitness center; more than 40 beach cabanas; and a park and oceanside gardens.

The Richard Meier Signature Homes and Penthouses, ranging in size from 1,400 to almost 8,000 square feet, will offer residents views stretching from the Atlantic to downtown Miami, with interiors and finishes personally selected by Meier. The design for the buildings will utilize his visual vocabulary, including glass walls, large spaces, natural light, and elemental materials.

Coastal Construction is serving as general contractor on the project. Construction commenced in late 2013, with full completion eyed to be completed in early 2016.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has more than 60 projects at various stages of development in markets including in Abu Dhabi, Kyoto, Madrid and São Paulo.