THIS MIAMI BEACH GETAWAY MIXES MODERN

Terrace with dining table overlooking the beach

The New York City-based architect Lee F.

Mindel is known as a bold minimalist, but this does not mean that his projects aren’t thickly braided with narrative complexity.

It is this duality—a layered, impressionistic backstory expressed in a lucid, streamlined lexicon—that gives his work such a sophisticated frisson.

Known for designing (with his business partner, Peter Shelton, who died in 2012) Sting and

Trudie Styler’s London townhouse and Ralph Lauren’s Manhattan headquarters, Mindel combines intensive historical research with a keen grasp of modern ism’s lesser-known (and less ubiquitous) masters.

To this he adds an almost psychoanalytic attention to his clients’ needs and inchoate desires.

A most recent, sunlit case in point: the capacious pied-à-terre he finished for an entertainment executive,

his wife, and their four children in what is referred to as the Mid-Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach.

The condominium is part of the Faena District, a luxurious six-block-long complex with Norman Foster-designed apartments,

an arts center by Rem Koolhaas, and a Faena hotel fancifully outfitted by the film director Baz Luhrmann and his wife,

the costume designer Catherine Martin. The project’s Argentine developer, Alan Faena (whose Miami Beach home was featured last December in ELLE Decor), launched a similarly spectacular Faena District in Rio de Janeiro in 2013. สถาปนิก