Ugo Colombo was recently featured in an executive profile for the South Florida Business Journal where he discusses Italy, his love for cars, and his philosophy behind architecture and design in his real estate properties.
Source: South Florida Business Journal
Ugo Colombo – who was born in Milan, Italy – says Italy still has connections to the Old World while America is more progressive (he came to the United States for college in 1983).
Mr. Colombo also enjoys racing cars in America (and beyond), and he has competed professionally on some of the world’s biggest tracks. When asked how he felt after experiencing a car crash, Ugo Colombo replied by saying: “If you fall from the horse, the best thing you can do is just get back on the horse and keep going.”
He also spoke about the importance of design in all of his properties. “Designing, particularly a condo, the architecture is the functionality, so I look at designing the building from the inside out,” he says. “I look at the latest designs [and then] I direct the architect and interior designer in the right direction.”
Ugo Colombo “insists on quality, and it shows in every project that he takes on,” says an article from JuMiami Real Estate. “He chooses properties with only the very best views of the city and the ocean, and he also insists that his designers use only the highest quality materials.” It is this attention to quality that has given Ugo Colombo his reputation for achieving excellence!
One recent area of excellence is Ugo Colombo’s Brickell Flatiron. Brickell Flatiron, which broke ground in March of this year, is selling units and Ugo Colombo is pleased with this pace. He is certain all Brickell Flatiron units will be sold by the time it opens. It’s “a sign of a healthy market,” says Colombo and it is “his insistence on the best quality is what he believes will help him to sell all of his units at Brickell Flatiron….”
Source: World RedEye – From left to right (Alejandro & Jorge Salazar, Patricia Alfonso, Christopher Suarez, Veronica Cervera, Carlos Gimenez, Ugo Colombo, Lyda Juliao, Karen Elmir, Jessica Juliao, Nelson Rios, & Nickel Goeseke)
Ugo Colombo’s latest endeavor, Brickell Flatiron, held its official groundbreaking ceremony this month.
Brickell Flatiron will be a 549-unit residential tower located in Miami’s Brickell Financial District. It will have 64 stories and will become one of the tallest residential buildings in the United States. Units will range from having 1-5 bedrooms and will the prices will range from $500,000 to over $14 million.
Ugo Colombo partnered with New York artist Julian Schnabel, architect Luis Revuelta, and master Italian designer Massimo Iosa Ghini to help make Brickell Flatiron a one-of-kind living environment.
Bisnow is always “intensely curious about commercial real estate” and they’ve recently spent time with Ugo Colombo to explore their shared curiosity about the next wave of architectural changes.
“For the last 25 years, Ugo Colombo has been known for introducing a sleek glass look and European flair to Miami condo buildings,” the Bisnow piece titled “Ugo’s Next Big Thing” begins. “Now he’s about to create another seismic wave.”
And what is the next wave? Consider Ugo Colombo’s latest project: Brickell Flatiron and all of its curves! Ugo Colombo is “…ready to break ground for the 64-story Brickell Flatiron, featuring accentuated curvilinear shapes, and floors with different forms and detail intersecting each other on alternating levels” the article notes. “[T]he way we see it, Miami is on the verge of transcending the Glass Age into the Wavy Age or…the Curvaceous Age.”
Brickell Flatiron architect, Luis Revuelta, discusses how the building is meant to have a “kinetic feel,” one that gives onlookers a sense of movement. “[O]n the eastern side facing the bay, Luis says it will look like the wind from the water is hitting the building, and on the side facing the city, lines will purposely be flatter and more linear.”
While the Curvaceous Age is soon upon us, Ugo Colombo reminds us that form should never completely trump function. “[I]t’s not so simple as designing it to look cool—it also has to be functional, and Ugo is known for the highest-quality interior finishes and design. A building is ‘lived from inside,’ he likes to say, and structures shouldn’t interfere.”
Ugo Colombo’s THE COLLECTION was proud to be one of the sponsors for this year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival is presented by FOOD & WINE. It a star-studded four-day event that showcases some of the world’s most renowned chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirits producers. This year’s event was hosted by Florida International University (FIU) and Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida. The Festival benefits Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center and FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. As of today, the Festival has raised over $22 million for the School.
The South Beach Wine & Food Festival occurred on February 24-28 and they celebrated their 15th year! Guest personalities included award-winning actress and host of Valerie’s Home Cooking on the Food Network, Valerie Bertinelli; award winner and host of three shows on Food Network, Ted Allen; and rock and roll legend Gregg Allman.
In addition to being a co-sponsor THE COLLECTION helped two celebrity chefs (Bobby Flay and Robert Irvine) arrive in style with our 2016 Maserati Ghibli.
2015 was a thrilling year for Ugo Colombo’s THE COLLECTION. From philanthropy galas and car launches to events and test drives, 2015 had it all. Thanks all of the clients and fans of THE COLLECTION. We appreciate your constant support!
Watch the video below to see some 2015 highlights from Ugo Colombo’s THE COLLECTION.
Ugo Colombo’s The Collection hosted the Big Brothers Big Sisters kick-off cocktail reception recently in support of the organization’s upcoming ‘Wildest Dreams Gala.’
The 2016 Wildest Dreams Gala will be their 13th annual gala and will include live entertainment, an auction, dancing and gourmet cuisine. The gala attracts hundreds of Miami’s corporate and philanthropic elite every year and the goal of the Wildest Dreams is to raise $1 million.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has been in existence for 100 years and operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country.
Source: World Red Eye
VIP attendees were welcomed to the cocktail reception with speeches from Tom and Kim Wood and were able to view latest car models in The Collection Porsche showroom up close. The night was a success and great way to kick off the upcoming Gala.
On Saturday, December 5, 2015, the “South Florida Exotic Car ‘TOY RALLY’, to benefit Toys for Tots celebrated its 10 year anniversary, as it ‘took to the streets’ for charity. This event is one of the largest processions of exotic cars and one of the most anticipated exotic car events in the country!
Hundreds of exotic cars were driven from the beautiful Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club, up to the amazing Goodyear Airship Base, home of the Goodyear Blimp. The caravan of exotic cars stretched miles long and the 2015 Toy Rally broke some amazing records. It contained over $50 million in exotic cars, it saw record attendance, and it included a huge mountain of toys (over 2,100 toys)!
Ugo Colombo’s THE COLLECTION was proud to be a sponsor for this event. Another year, and another success for this important cause!
Haute Living held its annual Art Basel blowout on December 4th. The evening started with an intimate collector’s dinner party sponsored by Hublot, Ugo Colombo’s The Collection and Perrier Jouët at Miami Heat star – and Collection brand ambassador – Dwyane Wade and actress Gabrielle Union’s waterfront home in Miami Beach.
Source: Haute Living
The sprawling entrance of the property was transformed into a magic garden, with a topiary maze featuring works by pop artist Mr. Brainwash aka. Thierry Guetta walls and flower wall by Olyve Flowers.
Guests included Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez, actor-artist Adrien Brody, the Heat’s Justise Winslow, Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe, artist Romero Britto, Jorge Perez, Darlene Perez, Sara Colombo, and Ugo Colombo.
“My wife and I are very thankful to be able to open our doors to you. It took us four years to build this house, we just moved in last year, so it’s great to host our first event here with partners Hublot and The Collection,” said Wade.
The Real Deal posted an article about the new renderings of Brickell Flatiron earlier this month. They discussed how this 64-story tower is being designed by Italian designer Massimo Iosa Ghini, along with architect Luis Revuelta.
“Ugo Colombo’s CMC Group is the developer behind the 549-unit project,” they report. “It’s more than 50 percent sold, according to a spokesperson. Units range from one bedroom to five, and start at $465,000. When completed, Flatiron will feature a rooftop sky spa and a lobby with amber, gray and marble stucco walls. Amenities include private steam, sauna and locker facilities, a 6,300-square-foot gym, glass elliptical balconies, Italian finishes and German appliances…”
Source: The Real Deal (Brickell Flatiron lobby, Credit: Andy Frame)