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dave8721 Dec 10, 2013 7:31 PM

Looks like those views from the top will actually be available to anyone. Floors 79 and 80 will be a restaurant and lounge and floors 70 to 78 will be a hotel. How many hotel rooms exist in the world over 1000 feet up?

dave8721 Feb 27, 2014 2:36 PM

Excerpts from a Miami Herald article today:


The newest to jump in: Swire Properties, developers of Brickell Key and the gargantuan, multi-block Brickell City Centre complex now under construction west of Brickell Avenue. Their plan for a new mixed-use tower on Brickell Avenue, to be reviewed Thursday by the Miami City Commission, calls for a 1,049-foot cloud-buster that would be tied in to the new complex.

If Swire wins final approval — no sure thing because the site sits directly below air lanes to Miami International Airport — its One Brickell City Centre tower would dwarf the current champ, the Four Seasons on Brickell, by a skyscraper’s height.

But Swire has close competition: veteran Miami developer Tibor Hollo’s Florida East Coast Realty, which already has approval for a long-planned 1,010-foot tower on Biscayne Boulevard across from Bayfront Park, is asking the Federal Aviation Administration to allow them to up the building’s height. To 1,049 feet.

That’s the height Hollo wanted, but couldn’t get, when the One Bayfront Plaza project was first approved in 2007.

“Good luck to them,” the courtly Hollo said of Swire, with a chuckle. “But I don’t think the FAA will permit 1,049 feet on Brickell Avenue.”

Swire executives say they’re “pretty confident” they can get their tower approved by the FAA and Miami-Dade County’s aviation department, but stress they’re not deliberately going after the crown. They say it’s unlikely that any height record would stand for long in any case.

“We’re not trying to build the biggest or tallest of anything,” said Swire president Stephen Owens. “There’s no particular benefit to saying, ‘At one point, we had the tallest tower in Miami.’ If you look at Miami 20 years from now, there’s going to be lots of these tall buildings.”

Like Hollo’s, Swire’s mega-tower wouldn’t be done until the end of the decade — tentatively 2019, Owens said. It would encompass four distinct uses: Retail at the base, offices, condos and a luxury hotel at the very top.

On two sides, the sleek glass tower would have giant square “notches” or cutouts, one 120 feet tall and another 350 feet. Not mere architectural flourishes, they serve to minimize wind loads on the building, reducing the need for structural reinforcement, Owens and Swire senior vice president Chris Gandolfo said. The tower would boast a first for Miami: all loading would take place two levels below ground
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NYguy Feb 27, 2014 3:47 PM

I can never get these two towers straight.

dave8721 Feb 27, 2014 6:43 PM


Originally Posted by NYguy (Post 6471260)
I can never get these two towers straight.

As if One Brickell CityCentre and One Bayfront Plaza aren't confusing enough, a 3rd massive proposal is in the works called...One Brickell.

Zapatan Feb 27, 2014 7:19 PM

Miami with 3 supertalls would look damn good... could be a reality too :)

MiamiSpartan Feb 28, 2014 3:52 AM


Originally Posted by Zapatan (Post 6471759)
Miami with 3 supertalls would look damn good... could be a reality too :)

...and don't forget the super tall observation tower just behind Bayside...

chris08876 Feb 28, 2014 4:37 AM


Originally Posted by Zapatan (Post 6471759)
Miami with 3 supertalls would look damn good... could be a reality too :)

I wish the Empire World Towers would become a reality. Old proposal but awsome. BTW, notice Miami, and how much it has grown based on the old image in this rendering. :slob: Amazing change.

N830MH Mar 3, 2014 5:26 AM


Originally Posted by chris08876 (Post 6472731)
I wish the Empire World Towers would become a reality. Old proposal but awsome. BTW, notice Miami, and how much it has grown based on the old image in this rendering. :slob: Amazing change.

You found something? How? How they didn't built a supertall towers? So what happened to them? Hasn't they gotten approved?

chris08876 Mar 3, 2014 5:41 AM

No, no find. I was just saying I wish they had built this as intended. I used the image just for a reflection between what the skyline in the photo looked like at that period to what it is now. In other words, Miami grew so much, it looks completely different.

It never got built. Killed off by the recession as well as being tied by the courts.

jd3189 Mar 3, 2014 7:01 AM

Miami having twin towers would really bring back that classic type of skyline to the US after the loss of the original WTC. NYC might never host something like that again. Chicago might also be a more realistic contender if the Old Post Office redevelopment plan happens.

chris08876 Mar 29, 2014 8:19 AM

Rendering: Whole Complex when it is finished ----> Brickell CityCentre | 1102ft |520ft x 2 | 516ft (Including other towers in the complex)

Possible redesign of the super tall based on the rendering.
Credit: Viper1165 @ SSC (©)

chris08876 Apr 3, 2014 7:38 PM

New renderings and images as of April 3rd: Total Project heights: Brickell CityCentre | 1102ft |520ft x 2 | 516ft

chris08876 Apr 4, 2014 8:17 PM

I think a mod should rename this thread to just Brickell City Centre.

This project is similar to the ones in China where there are many towers involved. Plus, the fact that they have many towers that sound the same makes it a tad bit confusing.

Something along the lines of:

Brickell CityCentre | 1102ft |520ft x 2 | 516ft

As it accounts for the supertall, and the smaller towers in the complex.

The renderings above only has the supertall in one of them (Daytime image), but the project itself consists of many smaller towers as well. Well, not really small as 500+ isn't small, but hopefully a mod will understand my point. Its more for just being organized. :)

LeftCoaster Apr 4, 2014 8:23 PM

I'm confused, why is it One Brickell CityCentre, this building's in the states, shouldnt it be Center?

Or have you guys finally learned to spell? ;)

Surrealplaces Apr 4, 2014 8:27 PM

Lots of exciting stuff coming down the pipe in Miami from the looks of it.

Orion1 Apr 4, 2014 10:13 PM

CITC in Philly will be slightly taller....

chris08876 Apr 4, 2014 10:29 PM


Originally Posted by LeftCoaster (Post 6526680)
I'm confused, why is it One Brickell CityCentre, this building's in the states, shouldnt it be Center?

Or have you guys finally learned to spell? ;)

Nope, Centre lol. Name of the project. Not sure why they decided to say "Centre" instead of Center. The whole project is a little confusing in general because all of the names are very similar. Its like in the Bellevue thread. Every other new tower coming out has the word "Bellevue" in it.

Also in post #32, you can see the rendering for other buildings in the development that have "Centre" in it.

chris08876 Apr 4, 2014 10:34 PM

Some extra information: (See post #32 for renderings of Phase 1 and the site for phase 2 (The supertall).


Project statistics

625,000 square-foot shopping center
128,580 square feet of Class A offices
131,651 square-foot wellness center
820 condominiums in two towers
263 hotel rooms
89 serviced apartments
2,600 parking spaces
An environmentally sophisticated and innovative Climate Ribbon™ architectural feature that will provide active and positive climate control
Phase II: One Brickell City Centre mixed-use tower

The highlights of the project include:

9.1 acres along South Miami Avenue between Eighth Street and Sixth Street
5.4 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, retail and entertainment space, in addition to a two-level underground parking garage that spans seven acres below the property
An environmentally progressive Climate Ribbon™ architectural feature that will provide innovative climate control so shoppers can walk in comfort between stores and restaurants
Incorporates key transportation centers with the Miami Metromover while offering easy access to Interstate 95

Economic Impact

Approximately $1 billion in overall economic impact
Approximately 1,700 construction jobs on average per year for four years
Approximately 3,700 direct jobs and 2,500 indirect jobs after construction completion
$5.4 million in ad valorem taxes for the City of Miami
$1 million in annual revenue from parking surcharges for the City of Miami
$6.1 million in permit and impact fees for the City of Miami
$9.6 million annually in ad valorem taxes from Miami Dade County
$1.2 impact fees for Miami Dade County

chris08876 Apr 19, 2014 6:36 PM

A first look at Brickell City Center's upcoming hotel


Swire Hotels said it plans to open the East Miami hotel at Brickell City Center in fall 2015.
The company released renderings this week that show what the 263-room hotel will look like as it towers over Swire Properties' $1.05 billion mixed-use project.
East Miami will be Swire Hotels' U.S. first property and the third hotel under the East brand, following locations that opened in Hong Kong in 2010 and Beijing in 2013.
RELATED CONTENT: Swire's Miami tower planned to top 1,000 feet
Designed by Arquitectonica, East Miami will also feature 89 serviced apartments known as East Residences. The tower will also house two restaurants, a poolside bar and lounge, a rooftop bar, fitness center, and a banquet hall.
Phase one of Brickell City Center is currently under construction in the heart of Miami's Brickell district. It will include a luxury shopping center, two residential towers, a wellness center and Class A offices. The first phase is expected to be finished next year.
Shaun Bevan
Apr 18, 2014

chris08876 May 2, 2014 1:28 AM

An extra rendering, and some extra information:


Swire Hotels To Open First Hotel In United States EAST, Miami


Swire Hotels announces the 2015 opening of EAST, Miami at Brickell City Centre, Swire Properties Inc's $1.5 billion mixed-use development in Miami's Brickell downtown district. It will be the hotel group's first property in the United States and the third hotel under the EAST brand, after the successful openings of EAST, Hong Kong in Island EAST in 2010 and EAST, Beijing at INDIGO, Beijing in 2013.

"Interest on the part of premiere hospitality companies in flagging a Brickell City Centre hotel was robust due to their desire to secure a prime location in the tony Brickell market and due to the inclusion of luxury retail in our project," said Stephen Owens, president of Swire Properties Inc. "We were ultimately able to select from among ten upscale hotel brands in choosing Swire Hotels' EAST for our flag.

About Brickell City Centre

Brickell City Centre is a landmark $1.5 billion, 5.4 million square feet, mixed-use development in downtown Miami from Swire Properties Inc, one of South Florida's leading international developers of real estate known for its $1 billion master-planned development of Brickell Key. The project's first phase includes a luxury shopping center, two residential towers, a hotel with serviced apartments, a wellness center and a Class A office building. The project is LEED®-registered for Neighborhood Development – currently one of the largest in the U.S. Sustainability elements include the exclusive CLIMATE RIBBON™, and elevated trellis composed of steel, fabric and a continuous surface of glass that will connect all components of the development and create a comfortable microclimate for shoppers. As the largest private-sector project currently under construction in Miami, Brickell City Centre began vertical construction in 2013 and the first phase of completion is scheduled for the end of 2015. A second phase of construction will begin in the first quarter of 2016.

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