What inspired Arquitectonica, Martin Brudnizki’s design for Florida's first Mr. C hotel

Mr. C Hotels—owned by brothers Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani—will open the Mr. C Coconut Grove in South Florida this winter. Surrounded by views of Biscayne Bay and the Coconut Grove skyline, the hotel and its rooftop Bellini Restaurant and Bar will be developed and owned by Main Highway Partners. Mr. C Coconut Grove will be the first Mr. C hotel in Florida and will join sister properties Mr. C Beverly Hills and Mr. C Seaport in New York City, which opened this month.

Architecture and design firm Arquitectonica worked with the Martin Brudnizki Design Studio for the property, combining European and nautical aesthetics with the tropical surroundings adjacent to the Engle Building.

The interiors will have aesthetic elements of a classic yacht, with timber paneling adorning the walls of the double-height lobby. Murano glass chandeliers will hang above the large-scale terrazzo floor. The sofas and armchairs will be covered in a range of blue, white and pink fabrics.

The hotel will be suspended on sculptural stilts in the tree canopy of Coconut Grove. According to Raymond Fort, senior associate of Arquitectonica, this design embraces the idea of the historic Stiltsville structures in Biscayne Bay that can be seen at a distance from the rooms and public spaces of the hotel.

Mr. C Coconut Grove’s 100 guestrooms and suites with private outdoor terraces will have teak paneled foyers with traditional detailing. The property’s overall aesthetic will be evident throughout the rooms and suites, with leather-upholstered blue and caramel headboards, a nautical style dresser, desk and mini-bar. Guestrooms amenities will include 24-hour in-room dining service, Internet access, PressReader application, Samsung 55-inch 4K HDTV and Salto door lock system for keyless entry. The rooms will also have Italian handmade furniture by Tedeschi Furniture, Casa Rovea linens and La Bottega toiletries.

For events, Mr. C Coconut Grove will have a ballroom located on top floor with views of the Biscayne Bay. The space can accommodate a seated dinner for approximately 150 guests and cocktail reception for 300 guests, with an additional pre-function space. A covered events space will also be available in the hotel’s ground floor for up to 720 guests.

Other amenities will include a gym, lobby lounge with indoor and outdoor garden seating, rooftop pool and pool deck with cabanas and a pool bar, and a spa suite with a relaxation area, sauna and treatment room.

For dining, the property will have Bellini Restaurant and Bar at the hotel’s top floor. It will have indoor and outdoor seating. The 107-seat restaurant will be inspired by coastal Italy and Miami’s modern style.

Photo credit: Mr. C Coconut Grove