Marina Lofts Revealed – Fort Lauderdale

In a bonus spotlight on architecture this week comes the newly revealed plans for Marina Lofts by architects, BIG. This innovative design will take construction by December of this year along Fort Lauderdale’s downtown riverfront.

The glaring, iconic aspect of the design is clearly the exterior’s split. I love the illusion that this building looks like a Transformer fought through it, and as you can see with the photos above, the space underneath the “crack” is part of the pedestrian-friendly activity of the complex.

The project fills the gap in the waterfront of Downtown Fort Lauderdale stitching the existing fragments of promenade together into a new and revitalized river park adding density and life to the scenic setting. The two buildings are torn open to form a cave and a canyon –opening up for the neighborhood to reach the river . A design made through subtraction rather than addition.

– Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.

The mixed-use complex will house apartments, restaurants, and retail. My only knock is that on the close-ups of the balconies, my first thought was our white Ikea bookshelf at the office. From far away though, it doesn’t have that feel.

And no doubt that next time I go to Miami, I’ll be flying into Fort Lauderdale first. What do you guys think of the design? Rate it below!

More info via ArchDaily

PREVIOUSLY: The Courtyard House – India



Chicago Restaurant Week 2013, your chance to eat at many of Chicago’s top restaurants for a fraction of the price, returns again next month. From February 1st to 10th, you can enjoy $22 three-course prix fixe lunches and $33 or $44 dinners at more than 200 locations throughout Chicagoland. Though still a few weeks out, you better make your reservations now if you want to grab some of the most coveted tables.


It’s that time of year when Chicago’s finest restaurants offer their prix fixe menues for a fraction of the cost. Every year the event gets bigger and bigger in Chicago so book your tables now via Open Table.  I’m anxiously awaiting for the restaurant week menus to be released!



Here are my picks!



GT Fish and Oyster BarRiver North. I was here recently and I definitely will be returning.  From tradditonal seafood dishes to modern staples, GT, a part of the BOKA restaurant group, offers the freshest seafood in Chicago.  Their oysters alone were enough to draw me there but the lobster rolls will keep me coming back for more! (Lunch Only)



Fred’s at BarneysGold Goast.  People keep forgetting that there is a super cozy restaurant on top of Barney’s.  Though the restaurant week discounts do not apply to Barney’s itself, the cafe tucked away on the roof is the perfect hideaway to go to with that special someone.  Utilizing local ingredients and pasta made in house, Fred’s offers a serene setting next to their brick oven and stunning views quietly overlooking the bustling Gold Coast shopping. I’d have to say, this is a Valentines Day must! **hint hint** 





SepiaNear West. You walk in and you sense the immediate swag. The restaurant is lively but has a certain sex appeal that takes this dining establishment to the next level. With decor paying homage to their Printer’s Row location, Sepia offers true Chicago fine dining with a modern twist. Locally sourced, their Rabiola is divine as it melts on your tongue.




NoMIRiver North, mainly because it costs an arm and a leg to eat there. Though drinks are not included in the prix fix, definitely snag yourself one.  The ambience is stellar and the pastries alone are to die for. (Lunch Only)

Though until then… my lunches will look something like this…



The Courtyard House – India

I love courtyards. So the aptly named “Courtyard House”, located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India is an instant *Tibs Fav. and the subject of my weekly architecture spotlight. Hiren Patel Architects is responsible for this masterful design, that combines a variety of materials and open space to provide what instantly looks like a comfortable and homy feel.

The water, with the sand and porches immediately around it, should stand out to you immediately and define the home’s courtyard spaces. While on the exterior and interior, you’ll see a horizontal theme, driven home by the roof and blinds in front of some of the floor-to-ceiling windows. All of these characteristics are ones I love to see in homes so in my eyes, this one has it all.

Get a glimpse of the home for yourself in the slideshow (photos by Sebastian Zachariah) and follow the ‘PREVIOUSLY’ link for my last architecture spotlight.

Ant’s Week’in Raps

After a 2 week break from this sh*t, I’m back. Unfortunately for us this past week didn’t produce too much heat, just a bunch of okay’s and solids (smh). Lets not let that stop us from enjoying our weekend with some new bumps though. Take these few tracks I felt were a bit better and more fitting than the rest. This week I bring you records from the likes of Lil Wayne, Young Scooter, Alex Wiley, Dubb, and more. Lets get it!

Young Scooter “Jugg Season” f/ Future x “Made It Through The Struggle” f/ Ma$e & Verse Simmonds


Honestly, I think I enjoyed “Jugg Season” a bit more. Future makes that record. But Ma$e who I never expected to come with sh*t again, brought it on “Make It Through The Struggle.” No idea what got into homie but he gets two thumbs up for his effort on this record. Now if only he could stay consistent with that sh*t. Guess we’ll just see what happens. Personally, I doubt it. Prove me wrong though.

Lil Wayne “Rich As F**k” f/ 2 Chainz


Said to come off Wayne’s upcoming album, I Am Not A Human Being II, is this new release featuring 2 Chainz on the hook entitled, “Rich As F**k.” I’ll admit, I’m not that much into Wayne as I used to be. And I’m sure that’s the case for many others around too. So Wayne can thank his 2 Chainz hook for the feature. Oh…and smfh at the end of this song. Super wack!

Dubb “Hypnotized” f/ Smoke DZA

Dubb and Smoke DZA combine powers on a record that just makes me wanna lean the f**k out and get hella faded. Not such a bad idea either. It’s lean season. So lets get it this weekend. Leh go!

Alex Wiley “Swish”


Tomorrow is Alex’s big listening party event @ Jugrnaut for #ClubWiley. So why not throw one from him in the mix to get y’all prepped and going. Those of you who didn’t catch this when I posted it yesterday can hop on now. #ClubWiley coming soon!

Ca$h Out “M.O.E. RMX” f/ Trinidad James


To be quite honest, this is just a filler. No one really came with it like that this week with the exception of a select few. So therefore I don’t really have sh*t to say about this record. Just take it and go enjoy your weekend.

Have a great and safe weekend y’all. #Salute!

Roscoe Dash “Whassup” f/ Waka Flocka

“It was really organic. We could have been rushed back in the studio to duplicate the success of No Hands. We pass each other and critique each others work in the studio all the time. But the timing of this song felt right. So we accomplish what we wanted to. A sound that continues what we started yet its fresh enough to kick off 2014!”

– Roscoe Dash

A New Year’s new single from Roscoe Dash.


House M | Meran, Italy

Check out my weekly architecture spotlight as House M in Meran, Italy caught my eye at the top of the month via ArchDaily. I love the floor-to-ceiling windows, the white exterior and interior, the defining horizontals, and of course – you gotta love that swimming pool. Looks like quite the tranquil place for relaxation! 

The project M, a residential building in the centre of Meran, is embedded in the quit area of Obermais. The concept of the design was it to play with transparent and solid surfaces what fallows fascinating insights and outlooks. The interior melts together with the outside space. The terrain flows through the building and finds his renewal in the pool- and meadow area. Because of a refined external design and the arrangement of the pool, lawn, garden and house the whole concept seems like a unity with seamless transition.

Architects: monovolume architecture + design