AQUA Allison Island Homes

250 W 63rd Street
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Year Built:
3, 4 and 5
Number of Units:
Number of Stories:
$1.5M - $7M
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Bathed in a golden glow, Miami Beach has been keeping a luxurious secret. Fusing design, imagination and the lifestyle of the tropics, AQUA Allison Island unveils a world-class 8.5-acre island village. Bringing together the talents of planners, architects and artists, AQUA Miami Beach is an intimate, design-informed, art-filled private island that will house only 151 families in island homes and condos.

Modernist and contemporary architecture and art merge with a traditional town plan created by renowned New Urbanists Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company. AQUA mid-rise loft and condominium residences and exclusive island homes are destined to change the expectations of elegant and protected living on Miami Beach's legendary Millionaire's Row.

AQUA is a cohesive, pedestrian-oriented guarded island for people who appreciate fine living, inspiring art and quality design. Its streets and blocks encourage walking and include a waterside promenade, a series of small plazas and a central square connected by avenues, streets, lanes and walkways. Lush landscaping creates the vibrant green space of a tropical island. Ten contemporary architectural firms were invited to design the AQUA island homes and condos, responding to the island setting, climate of Miami Beach, and the qualities of life associated with the tropics

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AQUA Allison Island Homes - Building Amenities

The AQUA Community

  • Private island entrance attended 24 hours
  • Neighborhood Pool: heated pool with lap lanes and wading area, children's pool and whirlpool
  • St. Francis Square: a landscaped park with commissioned sculpture by Guillermo Kuitca
  • Promenade: waterfront pedestrian and jogging path
  • Private Docks: accessible from promenade
  • Manicured Gardens
  • Lanes and Paths: allowing Island Home residents entrance to their private garages
  • Citrus Grove: orange, lemon and lime trees
  • Mango Grove: different types of mango trees


AQUA DPZ Corner Home

  • Drawn from traditional models of European and American urbanism, this AQUA Island Home recalls the early tropical Moderne style of Miami Beach.
  • Classically proportioned elements line up with symmetry and minimum ornament.
  • Like its modern predecessors, this AQUA Island Home has an open plan with rooms that flow into one another.
  • Spaces are subdivided to provide elegant dwelling with strict geometry.
  • A tower at the top level leads to a roof terrace offering vistas of the AQUA Allison Island and beyond.

DPZ & Company

  • Urbanists Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk are widely acknowledged as the founders of New Urbanism, a movement that advocates incorporating principles of traditional town planning into the development of the cities and neighborhoods of the future.
  • Since 1980, DPZ & Company has completed more than 150 plans, both new towns for private developers and master plans for urban municipalities.

AQUA Brown Demandt Corner Home

  • This elegant and restrained composition imparts a modulated rhythm to the facade.
  • The higher floors are the provinces of the more gestural elements: a series of sheltering terraces to celebrate both night and day.
  • The straightforward layout emphasizes livability and functionality.
  • This AQUA Island Home becomes a village within a village.

Brown Demandt Architects

  • The partnership of Robert Brown and Frank Demandt began in 1990. Their work has been featured in exhibitions and publications about contemporary architecture.
  • As participants and principals in many projects, ranging from the award-winning Ark Office Building to a retail store in Little Havana, their firm plays an active role in the architectural evolution of South Florida.

AQUA Magnusson Corner Home

  • This AQUA Island Home responds naturally to Miami's balmy climate.
  • Graciously proportioned spaces connect living and dining, and an ample covered terrace creates a secluded outdoor space that welcomes cross breezes throughout the building.
  • This AQUA Island Home architectural composition is a tribute to Le Corbusier, the master who redefined the idea of a home.

Emanuela Frattini Magnuson, EFM Design

  • Emanuela Frattini Magnusson was born in Milan. Her studies in architecture began under the tutelage of her father and world-renowned architect Gianfranco Frattini.
  • She graduated from the Milan Polytechnic in 1983. She has practiced architecture in several European countries, Australia and the United States, and she has operated her own architecture and design firm since 1985 in London and Milan, and since 1990 in New York.
  • Her work ranges in scale from architecture, and interior and exhibit design, to furniture, industrial design and graphics.

AQUA Albaisa Musumano Home

  • This AQUA Island Home is organized around a series of open-air environments that function as living spaces.
  • The atrium, the physical and symbolic center of the home, becomes an exterior living room on the main level.
  • From there, one ascends through a sequence of terraces and balconies of varied scales, degrees of privacy and character.

Albaisa Musumano Architects, Inc.

  • Albaisa Musumano Architects, Inc. is a Miami-based firm whose principals are Adolfo Zayas-Bazan Albaisa and Kristopher Musumano.
  • Their work ranges in scale and use from large school buildings to private residences.
  • The primary focus of their practice is housing, with a particular interest in projects that play a critical role in the redevelopment of downtown Miami and the North Beach Resort Historic District in Miami Beach.

AQUA Martinson Home

  • Crisp detailing combined with louvered windows and concrete eyebrows pay homage to the early streamlined buildings of Miami Beach.
  • The primary features of this AQUA Island Home are the two-story living room volume and the expansive covered terrace with views to the water.
  • A seamless connection to the outdoors is maximized with terraces on every level.

Suzanne Martinson Architects, Inc.

  • Suzanne Martinson received her Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University.
  • Before starting her own architecture firm in 1985, she worked with Florence Knoll and Mark Hampton.
  • A winner of four Awards of Excellence from the Florida AIA, her work has appeared in numerous books and journals.

AQUA Gorlin Home

  • The design of this AQUA Island Home pushes the limits of South Florida's local architectural language by employing a judicious interpretation of a modernist aesthetic.
  • In response to the site, this AQUA Island Home is graced with expansive views and interiors that create a multi-layered experience of open and closed spaces.

Alexander Gorlin

  • With residential projects in New York, Santa Fe, Palm Beach, Chicago and other locations, Alexander Gorlin launched his prolific architecture career after finishing his studies at Yale in 1986.
  • Gorlin embraced classicism in his early work, evolving his design vocabulary over the years toward Modernism.
  • Acclaimed by architecture critics, Gorlin's projects are celebrated for their contextual sensibility and an inventive eclectic freedom, drawing inspiration from varied sources.

AQUA Shulman Home

  • This AQUA Island Home derives its spatial and stylistic language from Miami's three traditions: Vernacular, Mediterranean and Modern.
  • It is a seamless merging of diverse yet compatible elements--patios, roof terraces, gabled roofs, canvas canopies and trellises to create a fresh interpretation of regional design.

Allan T. Shulman, Architect, P.A.

  • Allan T. Shulman is a practicing architect with design and restoration projects in historic hotels and commercial buildings in Miami and Miami Beach.
  • As principal of his own firm and a full-time lecturer at the University of Miami School of Architecture, he has written extensively on topics related to the architectural and urban history of South Florida.

AQUA Hariri Corner Home

  • The movement of boats and vessels plying the waters around Allison Island was the inspiration for this AQUA Island Home.
  • The main body of the house takes the form of a sculpture elegantly carved from a solid block.
  • A curved metal roof arching in opposing directions allows the roofline to reflect sunlight, creating a dynamic gesture.

Hariri & Hariri

  • Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri, Iranian-born, Cornell educated sisters, opened their practice in New York City in 1986.
  • Dedicated to research and construction of innovative ideas, the firm's work has been exhibited in various galleries and architectural institutions.
  • Hariri & Hariri exemplifies the spirit of the emerging generation of architects.
  • High style, handicraft, a sense of place, and social agenda coexist in their work.

AQUA Chatham Home

  • This AQUA Island Home has been designed as a series of articulated volumes that contrast smooth stucco finishes with crisp trims and louvered shutters with large areas of glass.
  • Punctuating the pleasing rhythm of sunlight and shadow, windows bring in light and frame sumptuous views.
  • The roof terraces, with their piped railings, evoke historic transatlantic ships and the architecture of the early Modernist movement.
  • See also AQUA Chatham condos.

Walter Chatham

  • Walter F. Chatham began his career in the visual arts as a painter. Based in Manhattan, his architectural practice has always been influenced by painting and sculpture, and he tries to approach each of his building designs as abstract art.
  • An architecture graduate of the University of Maryland, he pursued graduate work at the Institute for Architecture and Urban studies in New York.
  • Chatham is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the American Academy in Rome, and served as President of the Architectural League of New York.

AQUA Allison Island Homes - Residence Features

All AQUA Island Homes


  • Bulthaup larch wood cabinetry with glass backsplash
  • Javento white marble counter
  • Sub-Zero refrigerator
  • Thermador combo convection/cooking wall oven
  • Bosch stainless steel gas cooktop [AQUA island homes]
  • Gaggenau radiant glass cooktop [AQUA condos]
  • Gaggenau multi-program dishwasher
  • Blanco stainless steel under-mount two compartment sink
  • Dornbracht faucet


  • Waterworks whirlpool tub
  • Dornbracht faucets
  • Duravit [Philippe Starck] toilet
  • Duravit [Philippe Starck] bidet

AQUA Allison Island Homes - Additional Information


Bay, City & Ocean [limited views from top floors]


2 domesticated dogs or 2 cats or 1 of each; no pit bulls or other breeds considered dangerous.


AQUA Island Homes have their own garages

Rental Policy:

Twice yearly for all AQUA Island Homes


Various - see Building Amenities


Dacra Development

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