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A supertall office tower designed by Arquitectonica arrives in Miami

The powerhouse development duo of Swire Properties, Inc. and related companies has lifted the curtain on an upcoming office “supertower” that will rise approximately 1,000 feet above Brickell, Miami’s neighborhood adjacent to downtown. city ​​and dotted with skyscrapers that serves as the city’s financial district. Although a growing number running residential towers in South Florida qualify for supertall status, this lanky latest edition of the Miami skyline, designed by none other than venerable hometown firm Arquitectonica, stands will rank as the tallest non-residential tower in the Sunshine State upon completion. (SOM Southeast Financial Center debuted in 1984, currently ranks as the tallest office building in Florida, and holds the title of Miami’s fourth tallest building.)

Named One Brickell Center, the tower will bring a staggering 1.6 million square feet of Class A office space to the downtown building and feature the largest floor plates in the city for a building of its type. With construction due to begin next year, One Brickell Center is underway as the second (late) phase of Swire Properties’ expansion. Downtown Brickell complex, a sprawling, billion-plus mixed-use development whose first phase opened in 2016 after a significant delay. Among other things, downtown Brickell, also designed by Arquitectonica, includes a hotel, twin condo towers, a pair of office skyscrapers, half a million square feet of dining, retail and entertainment space spread over three levels and, of course, a huge underground car park. The entire 9-acre resort is fused together by the so-called Climate Ribbon, an iconic sculptural feature that Arquitectonica described as a “raised latticework of steel, fabric and glass that spans 150,000 square feet (13,940 m2) and connects city blocks while protecting visitors from inclement weather, capturing sea breezes, collecting rainwater for reuse, and allowing visitors to enjoy natural light in an experience outside.

One Brickell City Center will rise 300 meters above Miami’s financial district. (Courtesy of Swire Properties Inc and related companies)

The new cloud brushing addition to downtown Brickell has demanded the highest consideration from the Federal Aviation Administration (Again) this past March. Plans for a supertall were first announced in 2013 when Swire first acquired the Brickell site, but the tower project was later put on hold; the project, originally envisioned as a mixed-use tower, was resurrected earlier this year when Swire has partnered with Related.

Phase two of One Brickell Center marks the first collaboration between Related, the Hudson Yards-based real estate giant, and the US real estate arm of Hong Kong-based Swire Properties Limited. In a statement, Stephen M. Ross, President and Founder of Related Companies, described the collaboration as “a groundbreaking partnership between Related Companies and Swire that will result in a truly world-class commercial office building in the heart of Miami.”

Separately, the Southeast Division of Related and Swire already have a formidable presence in South Florida. Just last month, announcement he had brought in Frank Gehry to lead the design of a planned redevelopment program for the former Deauville Hotel site in North Beach. (Ross, who spent his teenage years growing up in Miami Beach, is also the owner of the Miami Dolphins and president and owner of the Miami Open tennis tournament and the Miami F1 Grand Prix.) In addition to downtown Brickell, Swire is the force behind Brickell Key, a master-planned gated community located on a man-made island at the mouth of the Miami River.

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View of the south balcony from downtown One Brickell. (Courtesy of Swire Properties Inc and related companies)
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The development team hopes to attract financial and technology companies to the tower. (Courtesy of Swire Properties Inc and related companies)

While design details for the new glass-clad tower are rather slim at this point, the development team teased “carefully considered and spacious” floor plans as well as outdoor terraces on each floor of the tower. , column-free interiors, a myriad of indoor/outdoor spaces, and easy access to the real bargain of amenities located in downtown Brickell.