From Rendering to Reality

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but when it comes to marketing real estate or courting philanthropists at a non-profit, a rendering could be worth tens of millions of dollars — or more.

From residential agents selling luxury homes or commercial brokers enticing retailers with little more than a marketing brochure, to a new museum raising funds, renderings are critical to development.

And while people understandably clamor for newly-released renderings, few take the time to compare a project’s initial concept with the finished product once the dust settles. After all, delivering a finished product that closely resembles the initial plan adds credibility to a project and the team behind it.

So we’ve rounded some recently-completed developments in Miami and taken the liberty of comparing their renderings to reality.

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Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Reality image by Ra Haus.

Reality image by Ra Haus.

A science museum, planetarium and aquarium – the new Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami is a must-see. The four buildings, which have incredible views of  Museum Park, Biscayne Bay and Downtown high-rises, were designed by Grimshaw Architects.

ICA Miami

Photo by Iwan Baan

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami’s new 37,500-square-foot building in the Miami Design District will open to the public on Dec. 1, just in time for Art Basel Miami Beach. The building, which nearly triples the museum’s programmable space, is a work of art unto itself, designed by Spain’s Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos.



Reality image by Michael Stavaridis.

GLASS is a boutique, luxury residential tower composed of ten glass-enclosed homes with stunning 360 degree views and private floors in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. Masterminds behind this 18-story, all-glass project? Terra Group and Miami-based architect, Rene Gonzalez.

1450  Brickell

Reality image courtesy of Rilea Group.

Reality image courtesy of Rilea Group.

1450 Brickell is one of the safest and most energy efficient buildings in Miami. This all-office project is Miami’s first LEED Gold skyscraper and the entire 35-story glass curtainwall system is designed for large-missile impact – hurricane season has met it’s match. Located in Downtown Miami’s southern Brickell Financial District, 1450 Brickell was developed by Rilea Group and designed by Nichols, Brosch, Wurst, Wolfe & Associates, Inc.

Atton Hotel

Reality image by Craig Ambrosio.

Reality image by Craig Ambrosio.

Reality image by Craig Ambrosio.

A business traveler’s paradise, Atton Hotel sits in the bustling Brickell district of Downtown Miami. A rooftop pool with cabanas, 4,000 sq feet of meeting space, and a Peruvian inspired restaurant, Lima, are all features of this 275-room hotel.  The 12-story building was designed by Miami-based architect, Revuelta Architecture.

Bay House

Reality image courtesy of Melo Group.

The thriving East Edgewater neighborhood is home to Bay House, a 165-unit luxury waterfront condominium developed by Melo Group. Entirely composed of three-bedroom residences with panoramic bay views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami Beach skyline, the tower stands 38-stories high.

Biscayne Beach

In the heart of Miami’s East Edgewater district resides Biscayne Beach, a 391-unit luxury condominium including impressive multi-level upper penthouses with private pools and gardens. The project was developed by Two Roads Development and GTIS Partners with interiors by celebrity designer Thom Filicia. The 52-story tower ‘brings the beach to the city’ featuring downtown’s first private Beach Club overlooking Biscayne Bay.


Reality image courtesy of Newgard Development Group.

Reality image courtesy of Newgard Development Group.

When you enter BrickellHouse, a 374-unit condominium skyscraper in Downtown Miami’s Brickell district, you’re greeted by a massive three-story lobby. This plush 46-story project was developed by Newgard Development Group and designed by Sieger Suárez Architectural Partnership, Inc. with interiors by Yabu Pushelberg.

Grove at Grand Bay

Reality image by Robin Hill.

Coconut Grove, the oldest neighborhood in Miami, is home to Grove at Grand Bay. The twin 20-story towers overlook Biscayne Bay and Regatta Park, located just a couple blocks away from CocoWalk. Developed and designed by Miami-based team Terra Group and Bjarke Ingels, the project unveiled the first residential towers to be built in Coconut Grove in over a decade.

Melody Tower

Reality image courtesy of Melo Group.

Across the street from Adrienne Arsht Center and Knight Concert Hall, you’ll find Melody Tower: a contemporary and affordable 38-story rental apartment building in Downtown Miami’s Arts and Entertainment District. The 500-unit project was developed by Miami-based Melo Group.

The Bond on Brickell

Reality image courtesy of Rilea Group.

The British-inspired Bond on Brickell is a 44-story luxury residential tower in the heart of Miami’s Brickell Financial District. The 328-unit project was developed by Miami-based teams, Rilea Group and MDR Toledo, and designed by Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates.