Acqua 1
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Property Description


There are luxury apartments and then there's the Acqua Building, built and designed with no regard for cost by Rafael Viñoly, the architect responsible for 20 Fenchurch Street, the re-design of Battersea Power Station in London and the magnificent Carrasco Airport in Montevideo, amongst hundreds of other well-known projects. The building, which takes up most of a block, contains just 34 luxury condos, the five largest of which (including Acqua 01) have full-sized infinity pools and a footprint of over 1,200m2 (including the decks). The design and decoration of Acqua 01 perfectly compliments the building, and the bright living space is modern and filled with light. The communal areas are open-plan, which gives the sensation of being in a glorious light-filled loft in front of the ocean, which in turn leads out onto the vast terrace and swimming pool.

The feel of the property is of sleek opulence and is ideal for clients who enjoy being part of the local scene and are looking to entertain in style.

Edificio Acqua is a six-story luxury residential complex that faces the South Atlantic Ocean in Uruguay’s beachfront resort of Punta del Este. The building features a terraced elevation that steps back floor by floor, resembling a large staircase leading residents directly to the water’s edge. These setbacks not only minimize the structure’s overall mass when viewed from the beach, but also enable the creation of four “manor” and two “penthouse” apartments—spacious, single-floor units that include private terraces and swimming pools, with a total living area ranging from 6,750 to 9,050 gross ft2 (627 to 841 gross square meters + terraces). With the combination of infinity pools that seem to extend to the ocean, abundant glazing on the three ocean-view sides, and the building setbacks that obscure views of the other units, each “manor” seems like an isolated residence.

“For me, Edificio Acqua has a special meaning,” says Rafael Viñoly, “as it is the first project I have completed in my native country of Uruguay. Its design reflects the uniqueness and beauty of its fashionable surroundings. Spectacular views create a sense of openness and accessibility, and the innovative use of materials and space produces a timeless architectural message.”

What this translates to for those lucky enough to rent Acqua 01, is an opportunity for well-heeled guests to enjoy an apartment of great luxury and comfort that far outstrips anything offered by even the best local hotels. There are four suites, including two Masters, with vast marble bathrooms, walk-in showers and baths (in all four suites), all of which have high quality linens and towels, balconies, split A/C and floor-to-ceiling windows (accompanied of course with blackout blinds). The living space is at the front of the apartment facing south, opening onto the vast terrace and swimming pool and overlooking the beach and ocean.

Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the apartment with light, and this is reflected in the use of white marble, polished white tile floors and large mirrors in the sitting area that reflect back the blue horizon of sea and sky. To the left (as you enter the apartment and looking out to sea) is a well-appointed kitchen ideal for those who love to cook together, but which can also be closed off for more formal meals. The wooden dining table is on this side as well and seats 12 guests in a mix of cantilevered dining chairs and armchairs. There is ample seating in the main sitting rooms with sofas and armchairs covered in heavy, neutral-toned cottons that perfectly suit their beachfront surrounds. A smaller sitting room with cowhide clad armchairs and a chaise-lounge is the perfect spot to read or enjoy a quiet post-lunch siesta. Nestled in the darkness at the center of the apartment is a home-theatre.

The huge deck is of course the main feature of the apartment and the infinity pool is both deep and long enough to accommodate those who like to swim for exercise. Further seating is offered on both sides of the deck under large canvas shades, and there are comfortable sun beds set on the wooden deck at the lip of the pool.

There is a fifth twin bedroom in the apartment for a live-in babysitter or other staff, as well as an additional staff room on the ground floor if required. The apartment has good WiFi connection, cable TV channels, full laundry service available, and offers two car-parking spots in the garage.

The Acqua Building has 24-hour security and all common areas are monitored, including a fitness center, spa and outdoor pool. All residents and only those authorized by the owners or guests in the building are permitted entry. There is also a pleasant stretch of beach in front of the building with a lively beach-bar/restaurant called Mia Bistro, serving good drinks, snacks and grilled food.

Availability subject to change at any time.
This material is based upon information which we consider to be correct, but because third parties have supplied it BBH cannot represent that it is accurate or complete and it should not be relied upon as such. This offering is subject to errors, omissions, and the asking price may change or the property may be withdrawn without notice.
Taxes, notary and registry fees must be paid by purchaser, the sales commission to BBH is 3% (plus V.A.T.) of the total sale value which must also be paid by the buyer as stipulated by Uruguayan regulations.


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Children 4-13 yrs
Babies 0-3 yrs

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