Surf Club Hotel Redesigned by Joseph Diran

The Four Seasons Surf Club Hotel and Residences is undergoing a makeover. The development will feature new hotel rooms and residences in addition to a tropical oceanfront cabana collection designed by one of our favorite (french) architect Joseph Dirand.

Miami’s Surf Club Hotel first opened her doors in the 1920’s and since then has welcomed a long list of discerning clientele, not least of which included Winston Churchill and Elizabeth Taylor.


With such a glittering past, a lot was at stake when the hotel announced in 2014 that architect Richard Meier would be responsible for the hotel’s much needed renovation and rejuvenation. The development will include, amongst other things- a hotel, a private membership club, two restaurants and four swimming pools, cabanas, and two 12-storey towers which will house 150 residential units.

Since the building has gotten underway, ambitions and expectations have run high, and the project is now nearing it’s expected Spring 2016 completion. (A bit late as of now, they are thinking Holiday Season 2016)


For the hotel’s interiors and spa, Meier brought on board interior designer and award-winning French architect Joseph Dirand.

Dirand, whose work always pays tribute to history, has kept the modern glitz and overstated glamour of South Beach at bay with subtle elegance and a carefully designed palette of light wood and cream which complements the ocean-front views. All well-suited for a hotel which used to call the Duke and Duchess of Windsor regular guests.


Custom-designed light fixtures convey an art deco feel that harks back to the hotel’s 1920’s origins, while textured wall paneling recalls a 70’s era beach bungalow vibe.

Dirand selected modern, classical furniture for the residences, which range from 950 to 2,000 square feet and house one or two bedrooms. Marble furniture and brass accessories put the perfect finishing touch on the bathrooms. All in all, Dirand has breathed new life and light into the hotel, which should be ready for her second heyday when Spring 2016 rolls around.