Miami Developer Craig Robins’s Lakefront Mansion—Complete with a Zaha Hadid-Designed Bathroom—Has Hit the Market for $45 Million
Robins and his wife Jackie Soffer were friends with the late architect.
South Florida developers and collectors Craig Robins and Jackie Soffer’s lakefront Miami mansion has hit the market. Nestled on Sunset Island II—the largest of four artificial islands making up the exclusive enclave—the sunny, two-story hideaway dating to the 1940s comes with a price tag of $45 million.
The 9,000-square-foot estate, which sits on a nearly 26,000-square-foot lot dotted with palm trees, is described by listing agency Jills Zeder as a “serene haven of contemporary design.” No surprise there, considering Robins is the developer behind Miami Design District and founder of the Design Miami art fairs.
The property boasts an eye-watering seven bedrooms, 163 feet of waterfront, a private dock, a detached guesthouse, a heated pool, and part of a basketball court. But the Spanish-style home’s biggest draw may be one of its smallest features: a bathroom designed by Zaha Hadid.
“My entire bathroom was designed by Zaha Hadid,” Robins told Artnet News in October 2022, calling the splashy monument to modernity an artwork in its own right. “You could say that is a sculpture on its own terms.”
Other artists whose works Robins owns and cited in the interview include Barkley Hendricks, Jenny Saville, Marlene Dumas, John Baldessari “from the 1960s,” Jana Euler, John Currin, Henry Taylor, and Marcel Duchamp’s 3 Standard Stoppages.
Unlike the couple’s one-of-a-kind art collection, the lavish lavatory is included in the home’s sale. An all-white minimalist’s dream, the bathroom showcases the late Iraqi-British architect’s signature curves, connecting the bathtub and waterfall shower in one continuous swoop. The sink, too, sees a curved design courtesy of the architect, the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, in 2004.
In addition to its seven bedrooms, there is a gym, a library, and a gourmet kitchen outfitted with a La Cornue wall rotisserie, a Miele wall oven, a Wolf gas range, and marble countertops.
Hadid saw fit to lend her design skills when, according to The Wall Street Journal, Robins added about 2,500 square feet to the property during a 2016 renovation (under the guidance of architect Walter Chatham and interior designer Julie Hillman). Friends with Hadid, the couple showed her a range of bathtubs they were considering. Not particularly impressed with their findings, the architect offered to design the entire space herself. “It was the nicest thing that probably any friend has ever done for me,” Robins said.
Before her death at the age of 65 in 2016, not long after her bathroom design, Hadid completed a string of major projects, including the Aquatics Center for the 2012 London Olympics and the Nanjing International Youth Cultural Center in 2015. In the years following her death, Zaha Hadid Architects—the firm she founded in 1979—has continued her legacy.
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