Marc Angles was destined for the architecture and construction business. A native of West Miami, he began his career as a drafstman at his father Manuel Angles’ MA Architects firm before striking out on his own as a developer of high-end spec homes. He soon leveraged his portfolio to win contract clients and shifted his focus to a full-service construction company.
With a background in architecture and design, he’s earned a reputation for taking on challenging projects that other contractors might shy away from, including lifting a century-old historic home, originally designed by John Volk, five inches above its foundation for new foundation to be installed, and building a Jeff Smith-designed Mediterranean mansion with duct work running underground to accommodate a vaulted ceiling, both in Palm Beach.
On a three-acre estate in Coconut Grove overlooking Biscayne Bay, his team spent eight months prepping and installing an elaborate Bisazza mosaic pool where each of the tiny golden, green and white squares were laid whole without cutting a single tile.
“Throughout the years I’ve accumulated guys who are highly specialized and only do work for me,” says Angles of his team of about 30. Their expertise includes everything from the aforementioned tile work to painting, carpentry and wood flooring. “It affords me control of the end project.” For clients, that quality in a contractor is priceless.
A NOUVEAU CHATEAU
It wasn’t until he was hired to restore Chateau Miami — the forthcoming restaurant by James Beard Award-nominated chef Clay Conley situated inside a historic 1930s-era chateau in Brickell — that the role of project manager took on a whole new dimension. “Marc not only became our builder, but also the glue that brought this project together,” says Mary Chappell, owner of Chateau Miami.
Angles was tasked with bringing the historic building up to structural code and modern-day hurricane standards, while also preserving its original historic architecture, which was modeled after a chateau in Douy, France.
He also installed their chef after a chance encounter and tip from Evan Benn, Indulge’s former editor-in-chief, at South Beach Wine & Food Festival in 2017. Conley, the celebrated chef of Palm Beach’s Buccan and formerly of Azul at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, was interested in a Miami comeback. Angles would go on to assemble the project’s entire creative team, including interior designer Ken Fulk, landscape architect Nievera Williams and Smith Architecture Group.
Slated to open later this year, Chateau Miami will feature Conley’s take on progressive global cuisine with cocktails by the team behind New York City’s iconic Death & Co., all inside the stylishly restored chateau.
“From the inception, Mary was committed to not just building a restaurant, but an institution with serious longevity,” says Angles. “The chance to be a part of that in my home city, it really spoke to me.”