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More Details About the New Miami Hotel From ‘The Great Gatsby’ Director

Excerpt from Travel + Leisure

Feb 25, 2014 5:00 am

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There are so many buzzy, creative names involved in this project that it’s doubtful we’ll see the entire project come to fruition without a bit of diva behavior. But if it does, it will be memorable, to say the least.

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After decades of directing lavish motion pictures such as The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge, Baz Luhrmann is turning his attention to a different kind of spectacle: the Faena Saxony Hotel, set to open later this year in Miami Beach.

Along with his wife and collaborator, Catherine Martin, Luhrmann will lead the design efforts as a creative director for the hotel, which is just one element of a massive complex developed by industrialist Len Blavatnik and real estate tycoon Alan Faena, who is known for his buzzy, Philippe Starck–designed boutique hotel in Buenos Aires. The project will also include an arts center by architect Rem Koolhaas and residences by Foster & Partners. T+L talked with Luhrmann about his plans—and his inspirations.

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