Moroccan-Inspired Condo in Miami
When asked to define Miami style, Lindsay Pumpa – the interior designer of this year's HGTV Urban Oasis in Miami's Paramount Bay – had this to say: "Miami is a place where it's no holds barred. We go all out when it comes to design. If we go contemporary, it’s going to be uber modern. If we do French rococo, we throw it in your face." Today's cool house, perched on the roof of the Palace Condominium on Brickell Avenue, certainly confirms Lindsay's sentiments.
Real estate titans Leona and Harry Helmsley built this three-story penthouse for themselves in 1981, but sold it to Saudi Shiek Saoud Al-Shaalan before they even moved in. The Shiek then hired 27 Moroccan artisans and craftsmen – who lived and worked at the property for two years – to transform it into an over-the-top, Arabian-style palace with architectural elements similar to the Taj Majal in India. The finished product features sparkling chandeliers, elaborate plasterwork and intricate mosaic tile from floor to ceiling.
What do you think of this extravagant residence? While the design and decor is too ornate for our taste, we think the glass-enclosed sun porch overlooking Biscayne Bay is to die for. Check out the photo gallery below to see for yourself. And don't miss the newly launched virtual tour of the stunning HGTV Urban Oasis 2012.