8. Jade Ocean
17121 Collins Ave., Carlos Ott
When you think of Sunny Isles, what comes to mind? Russian shopping centers and pickled fish? Aging octogenarians in the tropical sun? Miles of white stuccoed high-rises as far as the eye can see? Then perhaps you haven't noticed famed Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott's 2009 Jade Ocean, a 51-story, deep blue glass-clad skyscraper with a peak of four sharply arching crests.
The ultra-modern design is a radical departure from the many starkly sterile structures of Sunny Isles Beach, with its flared cap that's reminiscent of dark crashing waves, and could be easily imagined atop any of the avante garde giants of Abu Dhabi or Dubai. The Jade Ocean also affords a singular view of the Atlantic as it stands with its twin tower, the Jade Beach, as one of the tallest oceanfront residences in the country.
900 Brickell Key Blvd., J. Scott Architecture
Finally, some Brickell in the mix. Resting elegantly on the south bank of the Miami River, Asia stretches skyward like a kryptonite-tipped arrow. The gentle curve of its Oriental-styled roof glows a vivid green, highlighting the subtle uses of jade and teal throughout the height of the structure. J. Scott's design team produced an original residential tower that all at once seems more subtle and nuanced than nearly any skyscraper in Brickell or Downtown and, at the same time, as bold in its bilaterally symmetrical far-eastern aesthetics as any building in Miami.