2020 Trends: Technology, Sustainability, and Purposeful Design

Knightsbridge Park works with a wide selection of world-class development projects, which means that we encounter examples of innovative technology and thought-provoking architecture on a regular basis.

Here are just a few recent projects that have caught our attention with their originality and ingenious design.

The luxury rentals at NEMA Boston are a special case in point. NEMA brand has numerous projects across the country, and each building is designed to reflect and fit into its local context.

NEMA Boston, with 414 apartments in the city’s historic Seaport neighborhood, is LEED-certified and sustainably built. But it’s the amenities that really dazzle, incorporating “predictive service technology”—that’s a digital amenity or tool that knows what you want before you ask for it—at every turn.

All the residences and amenity areas have ultrafast Wi-Fi, and residents can use a custom mobile lifestyle management app to help with deliveries, payments, services, and guest access. Step off the smart elevator and walk through the keyless door to your home, and the Lutron Caseta lighting system and the ecobee3 thermostat already know what temperature and light level you prefer.

Each of the residences are equipped to work seamlessly with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. The media lounge has Oculus Quest VR headsets, and the fitness center offers Peloton workouts on demand. Perhaps coolest of all, there’s a Creators Suite with a digital scanner and 3D printer, along with coding and design stations.

Where NEMA Boston embraces futuristic technology, Una, designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, draws on nature for its dramatic presence on the Miami waterfront.

This luxury condo tower has 135 residences, and its instantly recognizable, wave-like, glimmering silhouette was inspired by the Riva yacht. Inside, each residence has floor-to-ceiling windows framing breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay.

The fluidity of water inspired every aspect of Una’s design, from the sweeping curve of the canopy that covers the porte cochère to the seamless transition between inside and outside, as sliding doors open onto landscaped terraces. Enea Landscape Architecture designed the gardens, and Una’s entire third-floor terrace is home to the outdoor amenities.

Here, trees provide shade, and lush greenery surrounds the space, which includes a bayfront pool, family pool, children’s play area, and picturesque views of Una’s private boat slips on the bay.

The Harland residences in West Hollywood combine cutting-edge construction and materials with a reverence for California’s postwar modern design heritage. According to Christian Robert, principal and cofounder of OFFICEUNTITLED (formerly R&A Architecture + Design), the team looked to California’s Case Study Houses as inspiration.

Sponsored by Arts & Architecture, the Case Study program produced experimental residences between 1945 and 1966. Arts & Architecture commissioned leading architects like Charles and Ray Eames and Richard Neutra to develop cost-effective and stylish homes to meet the housing needs of millions of soldiers and their families when the war ended.

The Case Study Houses helped define California Modernism, and even today, the elegant and straightforward aesthetic, with its cheerful embrace of abstract shapes and forms, inspires architects around the world.

The Harland’s architects wanted to craft residences “with sculptural elements, exquisite detailing, and an indoor-outdoor vibe that will bring a sense of vitality and status to the neighborhood.”

That they did. Double-height ceilings in the great rooms and minimalist kitchens give the interiors a chic sophistication, while outdoor terraces with kitchens, wooden decks, and pergolas offer the residences a dose of iconic midcentury flair.

With decades of combined experience in the real estate and digital industries, the team at Knightsbridge Park brings together some of the keenest creative minds. If you’re planning a new development, we’d love to hear more about you and the details of your project. Drop us a line today!