Arquitectonica’s Design For Miami Beach Convention Center Hotel Set For Vote

There’s just one bidder to build a Miami Beach convention center hotel, according to the Herald.

Miami Beach Connect, which includes Fontainebleau co-owner Jackie Soffer, Miami Design District developer Craig Robins and Terra Group’s David Martin, is the bidder. Arquitectonica is the architect.

To address criticism of previous proposals, Arquitectonica has come up with a plan that includes larger driveways, a massive podium, and shorter hotel towers. The proposal includes:

  • 185-foot hotel tower
  • 800 rooms
  • 53-foot podium with parking garage and convention space
  • Extensive driveway that is six times larger than previous proposals
  • 320 parking spaces (valet only)
  • New private street to be built between the hotel and Fillmore theater
  • Ground floor retail, according to the SFBJ

One hotel roof would have a solar trellis, connected to a giant backup battery to power the hotel when the FPL supply shuts down. Another tower would have a blue roof that would store stormwater.

The developers are asking for a 99-year lease, with revenue to the city in the fifth year expected to be $10.2 million (including taxes).

Two previous attempts at a convention center hotel have failed. A 2013 proposal was ordered removed from the ballot by a court. A 2016 referendum for a different plan saw 54 percent of voters approve, shy of the 60 percent needed.

Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott have expressed interest in operating the hotel. Construction could start by the end of 2019 if voters approve later this year.

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Convention Center is begging for a hotel.. get it done asap.

William
2 years ago

They have a huge advantage. Comments from quite a few .. and excellent – other proposals. Get it done..

Anonymous
2 years ago

Cool design
Now legalize recreational cannabis

Anonymous
2 years ago

Go live in Canada.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I wish it had an train station in the renderings 🙁

Anonymous
2 years ago

>Wider driveways, a massive podium

? That’s what people want?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Pathetic.

Jesus
2 years ago

Miami Beach reminds me more and more of Oakland! The city is always trying to stop progress just to keep the city historic and “alive”.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s so sad how these muthafukas in Miami/ Miami Beach do so they can give the bid to specific companies like architectonica! It’s a damn shame! When there was a hotel proposed they made every attempt to justify why there shouldn’t be a hotel. Now all of a sudden we need the hotel an guess who gets the bid? That’s right architectonica! They got the bid for the ugly convention center. Now they get the hotel it’s bullshit!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’m not a fan of architectonica but they’re not really the once who made the bid… terra and soffer hires them to design the project

Anonymous
2 years ago

Learn what architects do before making such comment.
Architects don’t call the city and ask for Projects!

Anonymous
2 years ago

we suck

Anonymous
2 years ago

lol………

Anonymous
2 years ago

I was expecting something more better than this rendering.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This is what happens when you’re trying to get approval for a building in an area where people whine about anything that’s over five stories tall.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Beleive me it could be even worse!!!! If not, just take a look at the Biscayne Boulevard MiMo Corridor…The only new thing they have built in the last 3 years is a two-story retail building.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, we have people in these Community organizations in Miami who think they know better and get to vote on changes and what can and can’t be built in areas they live in. But when you look at those areas, what they are really doing is stifling the place.

Anonymous
2 years ago

All I see are narrow sidewalks and wide streets.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Beautiful Building!!!! Just wondering if Architectonica is hiring retired Soviet architects.

Anonymous
2 years ago

No brainer…, but how are elected officials allowed to change the rules to 60 %? Some pigs are always more equal than others…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Developers lobbied for the 60% rule, FYI.

Anonymous
2 years ago

To kill competition? Guess the pig den just got bigger

Anonymous
2 years ago

Weak effort. Not much more than a massing study. I’d expect better architecture given Craig Robins’ participation. And what is the Soffer’s family role. Oh, they’re the money in laws.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Lol this is a massing study? Let’s see your work

Anonymous
2 years ago

Pretend you can write a sentence that does not include LOL and I’ll show you.

Polo
2 years ago

By the time they build this hotel Miami Beach will be under water.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Wow you really make sense. This developer will build this hotel even if Miami Beach is underwater?

Polo
2 years ago

Yeah, it will get build by 2096 and people will be arriving by boat.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This week Mark’s the 30th Anniversary of NASA’s James Hansen declaring the Global Warming would melt the Antarctic ice by 2012.
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/06/25/monday-mirthiness-climate-cluelessness-comes-full-circle-climatenexus/

Al gore predicted 2018. I’m not so sure these models, the nutty professors, or the sub-30-year-olds are correct.

And I’ll put my money where my mouth is. If you have a waterfront Miami Beach hotel for sale I am buying…

Anonymous
2 years ago

But insurers won’t be insuring it. Why do you want to invest in a city that is 100% committed to dealing with climate change if you think it’s a hoax?

SRS
2 years ago

I have seen parking lots that look 100 times better than this ‘design’. Is Arquitectonica short of new talent?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Just Mediocre