Clicky

Architect: MiamiCentral Will Be A Catalyst For Urban Redevelopment

Architect: MiamiCentral Will Be A Catalyst For Urban Redevelopment

Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is pleased with the newly completed MiamiCentral train terminal, and predicts it will become the center of gravity for significant urban redevelopment. New  Brightline stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach will also have the same effect.

“Part of the goal of this project was to create new districts in these cities,” SOM Director Olin McKenzie said. “They weren’t just architectural projects. We sought to make a larger impact on their urban environments.”

The design of MiamiCentral itself is also unique, the architect said.

“We built the railway above grade to avoid interfering with existing street flow and, if you dig too deep under Miami, you hit the water,” said Roger Duffy, Design Partner of the project. “What makes the design unique is that it flips the idea of the traditional train station. Usually the building is at grade level and the tracks are below. With MiamiCentral, the station and the tracks are all elevated.”

The downtown Miami site was once a 1920s train station, later demolished and used as a surface parking lot for decades. SOM says the decision to elevate the station and its platforms 50 feet in the air was in response to an extraordinarily challenging and dense site. The elevated tracks allow retail spaces to be vertically layered underneath, allows thru-streets to remain open to traffic, and  also allows for valuable streetfront real estate to remain leasable.

There will be an expansive two-story retail promenade opening in the complex soon, including the CentralFare food and restaurant section.

MiamiCentral’s steel V-bracing in alternation with glass gives the station a “shimmering, lightweight quality,” SOM said. Above the tracks is a parking garage accessible only by elevator, while above that is an amenity deck and apartment towers. An office building is also located above the tracks on a separate block.

 

 

 

42
Leave a Reply

avatar
  Comment Notifications  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Anonymous
Anonymous

I’m really liking what’s happening in Parkwest and Overtown…the 395 redesign will be painful no doubt, but the area surrounding the arts center will be amazing when all is said and done!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Parkwest and Overtown are going to the right direction. lots of improvements happening. And you can see people actually living in the new units, unlike the new buildings in Brickell…

Anonymous
Anonymous

So, those new buildings in Brickell have to be occupied in a speed that satisfies you?

Anonymous
Anonymous

I believe he was just making an observation. Don’t be a snarky douche.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hey, this is a site discuss subjects… don’t be such a whiny and demeaning a-hole because you don’t like someone’s comment.

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

I’m not sure if it’s the same Anonymous that comes on each day, but they usually preface their troll with “So, ” and try to position it as a question rather than backing statements up with cited facts and observations. There’s a fine line between what adds value to a conversation.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“you can see people actually living in the new units, unlike the new buildings in Brickell…”

How can one actually equate something constructed in Brickell, where the buildings are built at least twenty stories and up with some of the highest prices and in one of the expensive area in the county, with a new building built in Overtown and Parkwest where the tallest new building built is only going to be eight stories and it’s going to be in some of the poorest areas in the county?

If you live in Miami, that’s a fact with just the slightest observation and one doesn’t need to point out that difference and wonder why a new structure in one area can fill up faster than one in another area. That is why I ask this person “So, those new buildings in Brickell have to be occupied in a speed that satisfies you?” Because his comparison between anything built within these areas should obviously be pointless and moot.

If you want me to point out anything again that I post Mr wise Miami Hurricane, let me know.

ILoveMiami
ILoveMiami

It’s not about your right to comment or express an opinion. What you don’t seem to understand is that your self expression antagonizes and belittles others. You are clearly a young arrogant ass. Is this the response you were hoping to get?

ILoveMiami
ILoveMiami

I agree. There is always some ass that starts the same old bullshit. I think they must do it on purpose just to get a reaction. It must be. He can’t be that unhappy. What a sapingo!

Anon
Anon

yes, welcome to the internet. full of trolls and assholes. i’m always taken back that this is the site ppl come to and get snarky.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yeah Anon… it’s like, how dare TNM put a “REPLY” option their comments board.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wow… ILoveMiami always seems to be so angry! What’s up with corrosive language and unnecessary bad disposition dude? This is just a discussion forum, why all the hostility? Are you really that sad in life? You need to learn how to chillout, this discussion board shouldn’t be taken so serious dude.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Observation?
No he/she/whatever wasn’t making an “observation”. It was an an ignorant comment, that lacked any fact, insight, or depth.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I live in a new building in Brickell. There are a lot of people living in my building. Do you know what you are talking about?
…or just talking…

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami is really going to have to get on the ball now about running a rail system over to Miami Beach. In opinion, they need to start working on a MetroMover line asap.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I wonder why they couldn’t build it underground, even with the water table – in cities like Bangkok, where water is also an issue, they have underground stations and train lines.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Did you wonder why you didn’t purchase a more expensive vehicle or you knew already it was a money issue?

Anonymous
Anonymous

So, where we don’t see walls but people are getting killed trying to beat the train, we see some complain about that. They put up a wall where it prevents idiots from trying something like that and still we see some people complaining about that.

Man I didn’t know there were so many people in the “WHINE business” in Miami.

Toy Jr
Toy Jr

I hope what this article says is true. I was in the station in Miami by 6:30 pm this past Tuesday eve and it was a ghost town in there.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s going to be a catalyst.. but right now still a construction site.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It might, but please, stop building so much parking. It suffocates the urban pedestrian potential.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“suffocates the urban pedestrian potential”

I bet you had to dig deep to pull that one out!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Where does the giant wall across many blocks created by the rail retaining walls play into this?

Anonymous
Anonymous

To wall off Overtown and keep it poor, in other words, preventing redevelopment from crystallizing into it and giving “community organizers” excuses to cry foul over gentrification and the race card. Does that answer your question?

Anonymous
Anonymous

What? The 1/4 mile “wall” was built 2 years ago. People with money, brains, and ability escaped Overtown decades ago.
Sad, but true.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The gentrification of OverTown started a long time ago when the white people in power at that time made the decision to dissect the place with freeways.

No one there need a reason to cry foul over gentrification and use the so-called race card over something that began probably before YOU were born.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Dumb comment.

If you haven’t noticed, Overtown is also being redeveloped.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why the complaints? I don’t get it.

marc
marc

You mean the 2 1/2 blocks but really just 2 at full height as it slopes down to ground level? I’m not sure?

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s actually 4+ blocks and nearly 1/4 mile.
comment image

Anonymous
Anonymous

Before the wall there were train tracks in the same location, which were fenced off and not safe to cross on foot except at the designated crossings (8th street, 10th and 11th). The pedestrian experience has not changed since the wall was built, as all 3 of those streets remain open.

Anonymous
Anonymous

And with openings/sidewalks at every block, which allow for free access between Park West and Overtown without additional obstructive train tracks and ugly fences. Some people will find any excuse to complain.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yeah… you can buy them a $2 million dollar ten carat diamond ring and they will whine about the box it came in.

marc
marc

Don’t forget the nice landscaping on either side of said “giant” wall.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Pics, please?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Done much better and nicer than Brickell City Center. While I’m thankful for BCC, the arquitectura is subpar

Anonymous
Anonymous

You’re trying to compare two totally different places.

suomynona
suomynona

Obviously. I assume they’re referring to how Miami Central looks bright inside, whereas BCC looks gray, dreary, drab and dead.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You cannot be more wrong.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Some people like everything to look the same. I love BCC, is very unique and distinctive. Miami central is fantatic as well, no complains here

Gene
Gene

BCC is a superb, contemporary, forward looking city shopping experience. Miami Central will be first a transport hub and then a retail/ living experience. Both should complement the other if done correctly.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Thanks Gene… man I don’t understand why some people can’t distinguish that between the two.