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UDRB Approves Flashier Design For 888 Brickell Office Tower

Miami’s Urban Design Review Board has approved plans for a 38-story office tower at 888 Brickell after it was redesigned by Arquitectonica.

Arquitectonica’s Raymond Fort, the 28-year-old son of the company’s founder, is overseeing design of the project.

Originally, the architect proposed a more subdued design for the building, which was to be framed with a dark, modern-looking steel exoskeleton. Board members rejected the plans on Dec. 7 as being too boring.

The new design calls for a multi-color exoskeleton, with additional lighting and framing. UDRB members were taken with the flashier design, and voted to recommend approval on Dec. 21.

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

The board was taken with colors being added to the original design?
I guess they were on LSD. Architectonica needs a break to recharge their creativity batteries….

Anonymous
Anonymous

Lol.

suomynona
suomynona

“LOL” indeed. Literally. They put a few pastel colors on it and now it’s some impressive building? BS. Typical Miami nonsense.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Well, aren’t you just a bowl of cherries?

Suomynona
Suomynona

I thought the original building looked fine. Nothing special but not anything bad, either. I just find the Board to be complete morons if all it takes is for some purply-green pastel colored paint for an otherwise unapproved building to now receive approval.

Anonymous
Anonymous

They are not proposing pastel paints…. They are proposing metal panels with a pearlescent coating.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I think that is color changing paint depending on ambient light and movement. Just a guess though.

marc
marc

That’s what I was thinking. It looks like a rainbow titanium effect.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wish it was taller…

Anonymous
Anonymous

I prefer the previous design.

Luis Herrera
Luis Herrera

are there any other design firms in miami besides arqyutectonica ? I still don’t get why they design 90% of miami’s new buildings

Polo
Polo

What were they thinking?! Or better yet, what were they smoking?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami is my hometown and I wish all of Miami’s Developers would just team up and challenge the FAA’s Height restrictions on Skyscrapers or at least help establish a no fly zone in certain areas.

Places like Auckland, New Zealand and even Los Angeles have Buildings that surpass the 1,049 FT height restriction that is imposed here.

We cant forget that we can no longer afford to keep building in the west everglades so the only way to go is up as far as land is concerned.

suomynona
suomynona

You mean “We can’t keep building in the eastern Everglades.” That or you meant “building west into the Everglades.” Either way, not every building is going to be a supertall. Not every building can be a supertall. There is tons of space in the greater downtown region for substantially increased residential density. There is tons of space along the rail corridors (both existing and future) to substantially increase residential density. Even if there is never a 1,000′ building built in Miami, it would do very little to stunt the county’s ability to increase density.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You nailed it

Anonymous
Anonymous
Yes, I actually meant to say “We can’t keep building west into the Everglades” which is actually prohibited now for environmental reasons according to my sources. Miami’s population is actually growing at a ridiculous rate than ever before and there aren’t that many cities in America where people are looking for a vacation home or move to escape the harsh winter to begin with. Dade County alone is only 1,898 Sq miles and that is counting the Everglades that can never be touched. Los Angeles county is 4,058 Sq mi and can handle a very large population without a Super tall building in sight if they wanted to. NYC is only 304 Sq mi but they only have central park, not a huge Everglades. But they have tons of Super tall buildings. But if we look at Dubai, it is only 1,588 Sq mi and we are pretty close to that number and they are killing us at the skyscraper game. Dubai’s future generations don’t have to worry about land for a long time ! Tons of space you are referring to is relative to perception. It really depends on who you ask. There is only space for 200-250 buildings… Read more »
Rod
Rod

I agree that the Everglades need to be protected but London is an Alpha++ city and its tallest building is only 1,016 ft. Supertalls are just for bragging rights, not really necessary for a “world class city”. Same can be said about Paris and Frankfurt.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You’re right about that. However, London and frankfurt are not trying to fight a cocaine cowboy Miami vice scarface image and that actually scares away people from London and frankfurt and many other places in America even. Miami is still recovering from that. Believe me !

Anonymous
Anonymous

Unlike London, Paris and Frankfurt, Miami doesn’t have a problem with Afghan and Somali rapefugees and no-go zones with Sharia Police. However, the lack of connectivity scares away investors.

Besides, new development in London, Paris, and Frankfurt is also usually poor quality. It’s the pre-war urban style which made the cities work for centuries. You can’t reject the past while looking to the future.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hi Rod. I’m glad you agree with me on preserving the Everglades. The Problem is that the Everglades will never be immune to political corruption in the future and I think whether super tall skyscrapers should be implemented for Environmental and Population Density Purposes (Future Land Shortage) in Miami should be decided by the People of Miami through a Referendum and Developers should have the freedom to choose Supertall or not.

Not by Government Regulation

Anonymous
Anonymous

True. The fact that the developers want to build higher but can’t because of government regulations is cause for concern.

Anthony
Anthony

Rod and suomynona are probably lobbyists or politicians that have some kind of vendetta against supertall buildings. The comparisons and justifications they make for not having any in Miami are just baffling LOL

Rod
Rod

Vendetta? Relax, I just prefer quality over quantity. I’ll take a couple more buildings like Zaha Hadid’s at a measly 700ft over something whose only significance is the number of floors. I also rather have better urban infrastructure, an economy that isn’t just based on tourism, better schools and universities, better museums, etc. I guess my thoughts are baffling to others in this city, no wonder we’ll never be a world class city.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hi Rod. Like I’ve mentioned in my previous post. It should be up to the developers, not somebody behind the desk that gives themselves their own bragging rights to choose how tall a building can be. That is so limiting and goes against the grain of our culture. The city already has too many cards stacked against it which is why height restrictions are already an attack below the belt, its adding insult to injury. This has more to do with moral principle and not about quality over quantity.

The other issues you’ve mentioned are something the population has even less control over and is mostly influenced by our parallel universe: North Florida.

marc
marc

Right there with you Rod. I prefer a city striving for substance over shallow glitz but it being Miami makes it slow going.

Jeff
Jeff

All of the things you’ve mentioned as far as better schools and urban infrastructure will never happen as long as our supertall skyscrapers are shortened by heartless ego maniacs with the authority to do so. Tourists laugh at us for not having buildings like Dubai. Next thing you know we won’t have a tourist economy anymore.

marc
marc

Lol. Tongue in cheek I hope.

aceraroja
aceraroja

There is essentially no connection between extremely height and density. Miami could have all our empty lots filled with 0-lot-line 5-10 story apartment buildings and have more density and life per block than if we had a handfull of supertalls. Supertalls are extremely expensive and present diminishing returns past a certain massiveness, and are always geared toward fewer, wealthier buyers. We need many smaller, contextual, parkingless, retail-lined basic apartments for real humans who live and work here. THAT is what makes a city, not a bunch of goofy vacation penises.

Jeff
Jeff

So basically you would rather have an Overtown 2.0. Good luck with that…not gonna happen

Edin
Edin

Well said,but how come when I said same I got thumb down?

Suomynona
Suomynona

You got me, Anthony. I’m a lobbyist for the significant NIM-D (not in my downtown) movement that has been sweeping the nation. We were so close to achieving our goals until you discovered our plot and foiled it all.

*shakes fist in anger*

Anonymous
Anonymous

Is the UDRB retarded? The original design was more orderly and less top-heavy with the frame sizes. Also, I bet that paint will backfire fast.

Anonymous
Anonymous

They are not proposing pastel paints…. They are proposing metal panels with a pearlescent coating

Anonymous
Anonymous

Right, and the coating will spoil from the hell-on-earth humidity in the summertime.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I like it! Definitely an improvement. Kudos to the UDRB and Arquitectonica.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Are you working for them?

Anonymous
Anonymous

people who work for arquitectonica are WAY too busy designing and building buildings to take time scrolling through comments on a real estate blog, unlike the usual haters who have plenty of time NOT designing or building anything of significance.

Anonymous
Anonymous

First one was better.. gave a Hancock Tower from Chicago vibe..

IloveMiami
IloveMiami

Boring.

Anonymous
Anonymous

GET THIS BUILT!!!

Miami1
Miami1

If they plan a lighting scheme were the tower is completely illuminated ONE color at a time then yes it would look awesome but a that many colors together look horrible..

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