Santander Bank Tower – 1401 Brickell | 52 Floors | 950ft | Proposed

From the engineer:

Santander Bank Building
Miami, Florida

Client. Banco Santander
Architect. Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

The 860 ft tall building, which will provide Banco Santander’s U.S. headquarters, is located between the Four Seasons Tower and the Espirito Santo in the Brickell Financial District in Miami, Florida.

The design’s lateral load resisting system comprises of a concrete shear wall core connected to perimeter composite columns with steel outrigger trusses at each one-third point along the building height. Lateral load is distributed to all the perimeter columns by two-story deep belt trusses at each outrigger level. Shear walls are located around the entire elevator core and vary from 24 to 48 inches in thickness. Gravity load resistance utilizes a seven and a half inch composite concrete slab on metal deck supported by steel beams. The columns that make up the perimeter tube are steel W-shapes encased in 48-inch diameter high-strength concrete. The podium is structurally connected to the tower without an expansion joint. The building will include environmental features and seeks to achieve Gold Certification.

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The design for the new U.S Headquarters for Banco Santander in Miami has been developed to satisfy the objectives and goals of Santander Global Property. The main goals of the client were to create new corporate offices for Banco Santander as well as flexible leasable space for additional tenants, build a tower that can withstand hurricane-force winds and be certified LEED Gold, and create an iconic building between the neighboring buildings on Brickell Avenue and the city of Miami. The goals of a creating a hurricane-proof building and to reaching LEED Gold certification are crucial components of the design that will greatly contribute to the ecological impact and economic opportunities of the building.

A fundamental strategy to achieve LEED Gold certification is to orient the main axis of the tower in an East-West direction, perpendicular to Brickell Avenue. Orienting the narrowest face of the building in this manner diminishes the amount of solar exposure, takes into consideration the predominant direction of the wind, and at the same time, optimizese the views of the building toward the horizon of Miami. To face the threats of associated floods from a potential hurricane, the tower is located in a high plaza that maintains the main occupied areas above the flood plain, providing an improved and faster recovery operation in case of a natural disaster.

The site is a point of articulation where the shopping center of Miami is widened toward the North and a zone of highly residential density extends to the South. The views toward the North show the skyline of Miami and the South facing views enjoy a view of the Bay of Biscayne.

The focus of the project attempts to achieve balance between two of the most important works of contemporary architecture of Miami, -one signified only by its size, the other by its unique profile- the adjacent towers Espirito Santo Plaza and Millenium.

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9 Comments on "Santander Bank Tower – 1401 Brickell | 52 Floors | 950ft | Proposed"

3 years 2 months ago

sandman, post: 193, member: 1 wrote:

Looks nice.

3 years 2 months ago

Green light? Moving forward? Besides the nice new rendering, (very nice!) anything from Santander please? By the way, in a perfect world I would have this building where the Holiday Inn is now, the Empire World site. Talk about signature building!!!!

3 years 2 months ago

miami1, post: 677, member: 20 wrote: Green light? Moving forward? Besides the nice new rendering, (very nice!) anything from Santander please? By the way, in a perfect world I would have this building where the Holiday Inn is now, the Empire World site. Talk about signature building!!!!

Agreed it would be better on Biscayne, but might not get FAA approval there.

This is a spectacular design, which beat out some other magnificent 1000-ft designs in a competition conducted by Santander… but we need the economy in Spain to improve.

The FAA approved up to 955-ft… they recently granted an extension to begin construction by 6/2013, at which time the approval expires with no further extensions. You can read the letters here:

3 years 2 months ago

For reference, here are some of the losing designs:

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

3 years 2 months ago

SOM Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

3 years 2 months ago

True, looks like a landmark but it also looks very 80s. The KPF design is much slicker and more polished.

3 years 16 days ago

Deli Lane Cafe to move out of 1401 Brickell:

A few years back, the owners of the property [planned] to implode the old walls and build a glamorous 40-story complex. The building’s businesses emptied out accordingly, but about a year and a half ago, deep in recession, the owners changed their minds and decided to hold off on the plan.

Despite the exodus, Deli Lane held its Brickell bastion and stuck it out in their original spot until the owners announced a doubling of rent. “For a minimum of three, maximum of 5 years, it wasn’t worth it to stay in an emptying building…with a lot of structural issues,” said Kirchoff.

3 years 11 days ago

What’s the deal with this thing? I’d like to put it on Curbed.

3 years 11 days ago

The project is on hold due to the economy in Spain, probably for at least a few years.