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Ritz-Carlton Is Out to Make Art Studios the Latest Must-Have Amenity in Luxury Living

Walk into one of Tatiana Blanco’s parties and you’ll find guests gathered around a blank canvas, not a TV or the kitchen table. “I needed an outlet—a place where I could release my emotions more spontaneously. And I saw that my friends did, too,” says the sculptor from her home and studio in Key Biscayne, a small island town across the bridge from Miami. “That’s when we started making group paintings.”

For the past two years, Blanco has provided a communal canvas for friends and visitors to her home, where the tabula rasa has doubled as entertainment and an emotional escape. When word of its meditative power spread across Miami, catching the attention of a luxury real estate developer, an unprecedented plan—one that merged architecture, communal space, and artmaking—was hatched.

In late spring of next year, the Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach, a complex of 111 condos and 15 villas designed by Italian architect Piero Lissoni, will open on a quiet corner along the Surprise Waterway, a canal opening into Biscayne Bay. The residences offer a slew of perks: elegant design, ocean views, a rooftop pool, and a meditation garden. But perhaps their most unique feature is a communal art studio—a room that will be flooded with Miami light and stocked with a never-ending supply of materials, from paint and clay to beads and soft metals, available to all residents, those with art experience and without.

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