Aventura Mall $200 Million Expansion Goes Vertical

Vertical construction is now underway on an expansion that will add 315,000 square feet to Aventura Mall, along with a new parking garage.

Renderings appear to show a Tesla store is a part of the plans.

Carlos Zapata is the design architect.

Aventura Mall has launched construction on a major expansion that will include a new three-level, 315,000 square-foot retail wing and multi-level parking garage.

The new wing, which is expected to open in late 2017, will include several destination restaurants, more than three dozen retail stores, a new food court with indoor/outdoor seating and a rooftop garden, and VIP concierge area perfect for private dinners and events.

Designed by renowned architect Carlos Zapata and JPRA Architects, the new wing will be built on the east side of the property, near Macy’s. The structure will blend seamlessly with Aventura Mall’s existing architecture but also provide a completely unique experience for visitors. The contemporary space will blur the lines between inside and outside with an immense glass façade and a skylight that extends the entire length of the concourse. The design will provide an abundance of natural light and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Outdoor courtyards will be ideal for dining and people watching, and select pieces from local and international artists such as Wendell Castle and Mark Handforth will spark conversation.

Aventura Mall opened in 1983 and has been a key component in the City of Aventura’s dynamic residential and tourism growth. A 1997 expansion doubled the shopping center’s footprint and a 2007 addition included Nordstrom and a three-level wing of upscale stores. At 2.7 million square feet, Aventura Mall is one of the largest shopping centers in the country and welcomes nearly 30 million visitors each year.

Aventura Mall is one of the top five highest-grossing malls in the country in terms of gross sales and was ranked by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau as the city’s most-visited shopping center by tourists. Anchored by Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, the center features more than 300 of the world’s most iconic, recognized retailers and a growing collection of luxury boutiques, including Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Fendi, Burberry, Bally, Emilio Pucci, Omega and Brooks Brothers.