Los Sueños Low Income Housing

Submitted by Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design

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Client: Pinnacle Housing Group

Location: Miami, FL, United States

Completion date: 2014

Project Team

Architect

Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design

Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design

Artist

Romero Britto

Client

Pinnacle Housing Group

Pinnacle Housing Group

Other

Alliant Capital

Alliant Capital

Other

Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade County

Overview

Los Sueños urban infill high-rise project serves as a a beautiful addition to Miami's glittering skyline while offering Low Income Housing (LIH) for working families, couples and individuals in Miami. The the 133,500 square foot project includes 179 affordable rental units feature 1,2, and 3 bedroom floor plans, swimming pool, computer laboratory, fitness center, community center, playground, gated entry and stand-alone parking structure.

Goals

The 13-story high-rise residential community was designed by prominent Miami architect Kobi Karp and features a colorful 20-foot-tall sculpture by well-known Miami Beach artist Romero Britto. Los Sueños’ location and visibility from the major highways between the cities of Miami and Miami Beach provided a unique opportunity to showcase Britto’s “Love Blossom” as part of the “Art in Public Places” initiative. Both the building and artwork are symbolic of the bond between art and architecture and will serve as a landmark gateway to Miami’s Fashion and Design District.

Process

The project began as a vision by Pinnacle Housing Group, who believes that affordable housing can be as attractive to look at and to live in as the market-rate housing that has skyrocketed out of reach for so many working families in South Florida. The Miami-Dade County median income guideline for a family of four is currently $46,350. "Proving that creative design and affordable housing can coexist and result in an attractive home for working families was an exciting opportunity," said Karp when interviewed during the design phase of the project.
"I am so pleased that my sculpture designed for Los Sueños will grace a building that is so needed in South Florida's rapidly changing real estate market," Britto said. "I hope that this sculpture will bring joy not only to the residents of Los Sueños, but also to all the residents of Miami and Miami Beach who will drive by it every day.”
The $33 million community was funded by a public-private partnership by Citibank, Alliant Capital and Miami-Dade County.

Additional Information

Approximately 13 percent of the apartments in the Los Suenos community will be affordable for residents with incomes at or below 30 percent of the Miami-Dade County median-income guidelines and the remainder of the units will be affordable for residents with incomes at or below 60 percent of the median-income guidelines. Los Suenos will offer 18 one-bedroom, one-bath units; 112 two-bedroom, two-bath units; and 49 three-bedroom, two-bath units.