By: Ismael Rodriguez
Miami’s skyline paints a picture that is both aesthetically pleasing and dynamic, constantly growing in size and evolving before our eyes. For the past decade, Miami has become the second fastest growing skyline in the U.S., second only to New York City.
In the past, height restrictions in Miami had limited towers to go higher than 800 feet, but that all changed in 2015. The 764-foot Southeast Financial Center was the tallest skyscraper then, surpassed by the 789-foot Four Seasons in 2003, but height limitations have loosely been altered to allow developers to go beyond the 800-foot mark.
Many of the new development projects over the next five years have already proven to add some bulk to the iconic Miami skyline. A handful of skyscrapers, 984 feet or higher, are planned to break ground in areas like Brickell and downtown Miami.
Below is a list of the tallest buildings currently under or approved for construction in Miami:
The 1,100-foot-tall tower is currently competing with three other bidders for the land owned by Miami-Dade College on Biscayne Boulevard. If built, it will become Miami’s tallest building and include: MDC Business School, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, 820,000 square feet of office, 210,000 square feet of luxury condos, 68,000 square feet of retail space, and a state of the art gym, with swimming pool.
After purchasing the Capital Brickell site for $75 million, China City Construction Corp. looks to build two towers at a height of 1,069 feet with 3.6 million square feet of offices, hotel, condo and retail. The retail component will also have authentic Chinese restaurants and shops.
SkyRise Miami will be a 1,049-foot tall observatory and entertainment tower nestled between the Bayside Shops and the Port of Miami. The project will also include a Sky High Club, Premium Observation Deck, restaurant, ballroom, nightclub, conference center, main observation deck, Flying Theatre, Sky Plunge, Skyrise Drop, and retail.
The Brickell Avenue tower will stand at 1,040 feet of mixed-use that includes retail stores, Class-A offices, condominiums, and a five-star hotel. The grand plaza and retail shops will be located at ground level and connected to the first phase of Brickell City Centre.
This tower will be the last installment of the Florida East Coast Industries MiamiCentral station. FAA recently approved the tower at a height of 1,000 ft. It will be made up of mostly offices and retail shops, although apartments and penthouses are also included.
The building, which has yet to be revealed, will stand at 1,045 feet. Despite the lack of details, mostly in part to PMG’s discretion, PMG will build the building at 111 West 57th Street, which is said to likely become the world’s skinniest skyscraper upon completion.
Tibor Hollo’s jewel has been in the works for over a decade. One Bayfront Plaza will be an astounding 1,010 feet high. It will be comprised of 4 million square feet, and 1.4 million square feet of that total footage will be dedicated to Class-AAA office space, together with an 841-room luxury convention hotel. There will also be over 150,000 square feet of retail space and a parking garage with more than 2,000 spaces. The building is said to raise 80 stories high and have a panoramic view of the city.
Sitting on the last waterfront site in Brickell, Tibor Hollo submitted plans to the FAA to raise the building to have super-tall status at 995 ft. If the project keeps the original design, the project would consist of twin towers with residential units and retail on the ground level.
This building will constitute as the second phase of 600 Brickell. The tower will be 903 feet high and have 463,483 square feet of office and retail, along with 364 hotel rooms and 134 condo units totaling 552,278 square feet.
This tower at the mouth of Miami River will be the most expensive tower in Miami. The project will likely be 817 feet tall, and it will be 70-stories high with a lighthouse on top. The building will have 384 residential units and 561 parking spaces. It will be built right next door to Epic and across the street from the new movie theatre at Met Square. Units will be high-end and feature private elevators.
The 843-foot Panorama Tower is currently under construction. The mixed-use residential tower will contain a 19-story pedestal containing over 100,000 square feet of medically oriented office space, a 208-room hotel, and teaching facility. Behind the medical facility there are 2,000 parking spaces in a parking garage. The ground floor and 2nd floor of the building will include over 50,000 square feet of high-end retail outlets and restaurant space. The tower will have 821 luxury rental apartments. This massive project is expected for 2017.
The Paramount Miami Worldcenter will be the only condominium tower in the Miami Worldcenter development to rise 738 feet. It will also measure 55-stories and feature 470 condo units in the Park West area of Downtown, just one block from the American Airlines arena. The developers recently changed the mall for high street retail. It will be the new “Lincoln Road” of downtown Miami. There will be over 300,000 square feet of retail across three levels.
Brickell Flatiron is Ugo Colombo’s latest masterpiece— he’s also developed Epic, Santa Maria, Governor House and the Bristol Tower. This 734-foot, 65-story building will consist of more than 500 condos, with ground level retail and a rooftop pool and amenities deck. The architect is Luis Revuelta, who has worked his magic on many high-risers in Miami.
The proposed 712-foot, 70-story building on the site next to SLS Lux and across the street from the East Hotel at Brickell City Centre will include retail and luxury residential condos. OKO and Ugo Colombo once jointly owned the site, before OKO took sole ownership in late 2015.
This picturesque tower by the late Zaha Hadid is under construction, and it will truly be a defining tower for Miami. It will rise to 709 feet and consist of 83 luxury homes, two-story penthouses, and full and half-floor condos.