Luxury Environment

The developer behind the expanding Star Metals District, Coral Gables-based Allen Morris Company, is embarking on the third phase of the West Midtown development—a 21-story luxury rental apartment building known as Stella at Star Metals. Joining the district’s already completed 15-story Star Metals Offices, which is purported to be the tallest office building in West Midtown, and the residential building Sentral West Midtown at Star Metals, Stella will be comprised of 327 studios and one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments.  Breaking ground this year and expected to open in 2025, Stella at Star Metals is also slated to have 25,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, including Michelin-awarded restaurants. Other high-end amenities will include a rooftop lounge, a movie theater and an unobstructed skyline view.

What will likely turn heads is Stella’s unique appearance, which is the work of Miami-based Oppenheim Architecture, the design architect for all Star Metal buildings. According to the firm’s founding principal, Chad Oppenheim, Stella’s design reflects the firm’s signature “spirit of place” philosophy. “We wanted to capture the neighborhood’s distinct identity and honor its history,” an approach that inspired the building’s signature copper-like banding, which is intended to mimic the old railroad tracks and warehouses that once populated the area. Oppenheim is equally proud of the design’s prominent green architectural element, a series of rolling green roofs. “Although it’s a mixed-use building in a major city, ensuring that we preserved the local environment was always at the forefront. We feel that our efforts to bring a high level of landscape to our project will set a precedent for future developments in the area.”