When Norten founded Taller de Enrique Norten TEN Arquitectos, it was an emerging firm in Mexico City, built on a belief that architecture is an inherent responsibility to the communities it serves. Over the course of 30 years, the firm worked to maintain this ethos, embracing Norten’s trademark pragmatism with modernist structures and clear-cut geometries.
Today, TEN Arquitectos boasts a portfolio of more than 60 landmark museums, libraries, public parks, residences, hotels, and universities in cities around the globe, each designed to improve urban living.
Ever humble, Norten is still searching to contribute to the greater good. In the slow strum of his native Spanish, he asks himself, “When does architecture become something really special? When it surprises you, or makes you understand more about yourself. When it gives you a reason to reflect upon your life, or on the world around you. How does that happen? There are infinite ways… ”
Sasaki was founded in 1953 by Hideo Sasaki, the landscape architect internationally renowned for blending bold architecture into wildly diverse geological systems. Based in Watertown, Massachusetts, the firm consists of the most sought-after landscape architects in the world. The Sasaki work philosophy is rooted in “collaboration in equilibrium.” The practice focuses equally on planning, landscape architecture, and interior design.
Isabel Zempel, principal designer of Sasaki, led the landscape design for 2000 Ocean. Her extensive portfolio includes plazas, public landscapes, and waterfront developments in the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The founding principles of Hideo Sasaki—innovation, collaboration, and perpetual learning—blend with Zempel’s passion for the bold. This ethos is expressed in its purest form at 2000 Ocean where architecture and landscape live harmoniously, completely immersing the visitor in the natural surroundings.
minotticucine is based in San Pietro, in the province of Verona, Italy. A close distance to the headquarters is the church of San Giorgio, which is a source of inspiration for minotticucine. The majesty of San Giorgio church, whose main expression is the massive and vertical presence of the bell tower, has inspired minotticucine to design large, thick volumes for their kitchens. minotticucine embraces a custom-made approach with each project being unique; designed and manufactured to satisfy every single customer individually.
The areas surrounding San Pietro have always been recognized as those where stone is treated and cut, with local culture traditionally relying on the wisdom and high quality of master craftsmen. Since the 1960s and 1970s, minotticucine has followed this age-old tradition and designed kitchens with stone worktops and in-turn sinks too. The company now also produces stone fronts to the cabinetry, thus creating a truly unique product that last for generations. A kitchen that has been exposed to the elements for 10 years in the company’s garden is timeless evidence of this history and lasting technique.
Minotti was founded by Alberto Minotti in the 1948. The artisan-scale workshop grew quickly and, starting in the ‘60s, became more industrialized in character and size. The next phase of development fell to Renato and Roberto Minotti, who, after the premature death of their father in 1991, took over the reins of the business and began a process of growth and expansion into international markets.
Renato and Roberto Minotti are responsible for the corporate strategy and share the creative vision with architect Rodolfo Dordoni, who was appointed Art Director and coordinator of all company collections in 1998. Central to the Minotti identity is the full expression of the “Made in Italy” concept, which today permanently melds tradition and technology. The skills of artisan craftsmen are employed to finish a product created by modern technology; the intelligence of the hands balances industrial precision with sensitivity and emotion.
Added to this high degree of knowledge is intensive research into material and technological solutions that elevate the talent for impeccable details in a conceptual commitment to excellence, that involves every area of the company. Timeless design, unrivaled comfort, reliability and durability are easily-recognized style features of the Minotti collections – all of it proudly and honestly “Made in Italy”.
Led by Principal Shahab S. Karmely, New York-based KAR Properties is a real estate investment and development firm. With more than 28 years of international real estate experience, Shahab S. Karmely has honed an impressive pedigree in transactional, managerial, and developmental disciplines. These, combined with an extensive background in fine arts and design, are the foundational elements of his development expertise and overall vision.
As the founder of KAR Properties LLC, and through KAR and its affiliates, Mr. Karmely has acquired, repositioned, and monetized more than 3 million square feet of office, luxury mixed-use, and industrial space in the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Europe. With offices in New York and Miami, KAR currently oversees the management of a core portfolio of assets and a development pipeline in excess of 5 million square feet. KAR has made a significant entry into the Miami market with acquisitions in excess of $180 million in established and emerging neighborhoods.
For over two decades, Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design has been providing unique, creative and innovative design solutions to renowned clients internationally and domestically in Hospitality, Retail and high-rise Residential developments. To date, Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design has designed over 36 billion in mixed-use Commercial, Residential and Multifamily properties worldwide from the Caribbean, to the Far East, to the Black Sea region, throughout the Gulf and the Middle East.
Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design’s clients have relied on the firm for their Architecture Design and Planning. Kobi Karp, the firm’s founding principal, is an award winning member of the American Institute of Architects, and American Society of Interior Design. Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design is an award winning company and member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Interior Designs (ASID).
Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design’s studios are headquartered in Miami, with branch studios in the Middle East.