Architect Jo Palma Designing The Basel Miami, A 36-Story Tower

Downtown Miami property owner Sean McCormick has hired award-winning Architect Jo Palma to design a mixed-use project to replace a warehouse he owns.

The result is The Basel Miami, a 36-story tower which will include 234,000 square feet.

The Basel is proposed to be built at 205 SW 3rd St, in an Opportunity Zone across from Adler Group’s newly approved Miami Riverside Center. McCormick’s family has owned the property since 1970, and his grandfather first established his medical practice in the in the Julia Tuttle Circle (SE 1st Ave.) in the 1920’s.

It is proposed to include a Modern Art Gallery with artist studios at the base of the tower, offices immediately above it, a boutique hotel and private residences at its upper floors. Total cost is estimated at $100 million, and McCormick  is seeking a Joint Venture Partner and Signature Luxury Hotel Brand.  The”slipping” volumes of the tower will help maximize views.

“We don’t want to boast about the next tallest building in Miami,” states McCormick. “We want to build a signature structure of iconic design that relates to the Miami of today.”

Palma created the design for Dubai’s Cayan Tower (the tallest twisting tower in the world), and has designed projects on five continents.

“Today, it’s no longer just about a building but rather about how it enriches communities through resilience and social well being,” Palma said. “The Basel in Miami encompasses all these things and we are very proud to be part of it.”

 

Update: The correct project site is 205 SW 3rd St.

 

 

 

 

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Anonymous
1 year ago

If the area is so bad, how come The Wharf has been so successful for over one year and The Adler Group is purchasing the City of Miami building to create one of the most dynamic projects in downtown? Take note of The Downrown Miami of tomorrow, not the one from yesterday!

GBA
1 year ago

Preach.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The building boom continues downtown.

Eric
1 year ago

Ppl on here keep saying why build there the area is terrible lol. I live in DC now i can count about 10 areas where developers just came invested and transformed “terrible” areas. And your fear of the homeless will slowly disappear.

suomynona
1 year ago

THEY NEED TO BURY I-95 IN DOWNTOWN!

Anonymous
1 year ago

burry it where??? a cap is probably more reasonable.

Anonymous
1 year ago

No, they need to rebuild it into a “Signature Bridge” with an Indian chic under it. /sarcasm

Anonymous
1 year ago

DEMOLISH THOSE NEEDLESS RAMPS

Anonymous
1 year ago

No reason why the break between Downtown and Brickell has to be so stark. Would be much smoother without those empty ramps that go far too into the middle of our city

Anonymous
1 year ago

I wonder what happened to the “Grand Boulevard” scheme. Commissioner Russell sort of brought it up last year with proposals redeveloping the James L. Knight Center and Hyatt Regency, but it didn’t make it to any ballot. Maybe this as an opportunity zone and whenever Miami Worldcenter’s convention center and hotel proposal resurfaces (hopefully better than the box proposed), some headway will be made.

marc
1 year ago

Flipper

Anonymous
1 year ago

If he was intending to flip it, couldn’t he just put a “For Sale” sign on it?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Flip it? McCormick’s family has owned the building since the 70’s. I have an artist friend who has a studio/gallery there. One of the few affordable spaces for artists in SoFla. Been there enough to wonder where the homeless are that the trolls speak of. Plus she’s never mentioned seeing any and feels safe there.

Anonymous
1 year ago

trolls ? no we are referring to a will problem in the area, sorry that you’re visually impaired.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You’re kidding right? There are literally 200+ people living underneath the freeway there. They all take a shit behind the Melo building and this building – so I hope your friend doesn’t actually walk around the area!

Anonymous
1 year ago

You must frequent the freeway overpass there a lot to know that.

aceraroja
1 year ago

Go down SE 2 St and you can’t miss it. Or any other street under a large overpass.

aceraroja
1 year ago

This is a joke right? Hundreds of homeless people live downtown and especially right there at this spot. It’s disgusting that people would rather witness this horror than house these poor people. Anyway this development will surely shoo them off to some other underpass.

Reality
1 year ago

The other renderings, I have seen, look awesome.

Anonymous
1 year ago

need to see more renders

Anonymous
1 year ago

This is an AD for JV opportunity in a development by an architect — not news lol

Polo
1 year ago

That I-95 ramp doesn’t look very inviting.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Cool but where’s the parking? My guess is JV=new design

semin valani
1 year ago

Is it possible to get the Sean Mccormick’s number so we can reach him

Anonymous
1 year ago

Only to be a naysayer because this one isn’t happening.

Anonymous
1 year ago

“We don’t want to boast about the next tallest building in Miami,” states McCormick”

The next tallest?

suomynona
1 year ago

Yes. They don’t want to build a tall building just to say “we’re the tallest”. So they’ll build a non-tallest building but make it the best in downtown. Per their reasoning.

Anonymous
1 year ago

“Yes. They don’t want to build a tall building just to say “we’re the tallest”.

But, we already know they’re not talking about building the “next tallest” building in Miami.. so telling everybody that they’re not going to “boast” about it is unnecessary. I mean, it would have to be taller than the Panorama tower or Okan’s proposed tower to be the “next tallest” and this project is only thirty six stories.

Anonymous
1 year ago

??

Anonymous
1 year ago

Tallest is never happening in Wynwood

Anonymous
1 year ago

Who the hell wants to pay big money to live right next to the on ramp and I-95 not to mention among all the homeless there?!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Check out where people live in much bigger cities throughout the world and that might give you a clue as to what people are willing to spend their money on.

Reality
1 year ago

Flagler on the River is pretty successful, so…

Eric
1 year ago

What has a homeless person ever done to u?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Probably asked him for some money.

Anonymous
1 year ago

yea that is never going to happen anytime soon. That area is horrible.

Anonymous
1 year ago

That’s what some people said about the area where Miami World Center is being developed. Even places that you think are horrible needs to be changed.

Anonymous
1 year ago

big difference between this and miami world center. This area is a literal shit hole for homeless people.

Anonymous
1 year ago

“big difference?”

So, one area is “horrible” and the other is a “literal shit hole.” Um, what’s the difference?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Still thousand times better than Kendall, Sweetwaters, etc.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Different area and this is separated from the rest of downtown by highway ramps. I’m never a naysayer but this isn’t going to happen.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yeah, that’s what some people said about Brickell Flatiron.