Chinese Want To Build Miami’s Tallest Tower In Brickell, Hire Arquitectonica (Updated)

China City Construction Corp. is one step closer to building the tallest tower in Miami.

Company officials traveled to New York on Monday to ink a deal with Arquitectonica for design work on a twin-tower project at the Capital at Brickell property. China City bought the vacant 2.78-acre site last year for $74.74 million.

China City wants to build the tallest tower in Miami, but it depends on several factors, including FAA height restrictions.

The company says that the project could top out at as high as 1,069 feet, taking the title of tallest in Miami thanks to newly eased height restrictions in the area. At that height, it would pass Tibor Hollo’s under-construction Panorama Tower, which is on track to become the city’s tallest tower in 2017 at 830 feet above sea level. Hong Kong-based Swire Properties received approval recently to build One Brickell City Centre at 1,049 feet.

It isn’t clear if both Capital at Brickell towers would reach the 1,069-foot height.

When completed, the project will include a hotel managed by a luxury operator such as Shangri La, Kempinski, or Aman Resorts. The total project size is expected to be 3.6 million square feet.

The company held talks this week with Brickell City Centre contractors John Moriarty & Associates and Bouyges Construction, along with Fortune International Realty.

China City also said that they will build a beach club in South Beach. Guests of the Brickell property will be able to use the club, which China City says is just a fifteen minute drive from the Brickell project. It will be built on six acres of land that they are calling the last developable beachfront parcel in South Beach. The location of the property wasn’t specified.

 

Update: China City representatives want to clarify that the rendering below is purely conceptual. Now that Arquitectonica has been hired, the design process will begin with a programming stage to determine areas and uses.

The 1,069-foot height is also hypothetical, and depends on multiple factors including the FAA.

 

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

15 minutes from South Beach to get to the beach club. Try 15 min just to reach 395, but still good luck to them…

Tito...
3 years ago

With luck, you need 15 minutes to reach the Brickell Bridge….

Anonymous
5 years ago

Arquitectonica please make a very appealing tower. Since your like the “de facto” largest design firm in town your always chosen for projects. Your not just a local firm but international one so i expect the best. Im glad your in Miami as your home base because at least you push for density.

Anonymous
5 years ago

There doesn’t seem to be very much consideration between the words “your” and “you’re” any longer.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Be nice if it was all glass, and with the top have the original Captial at Brickell Spire

Anonymous
5 years ago

Do you realize how much hurricane resistant glass cost? The cost of out-fitting a 1069ft tall tower in all glass would be astronomical.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I second that. Bring back the Capitol at Brickell design.

chris
5 years ago

I was hoping CCCC would come up with a design similar to those sky scrappers in China. The one they have recently proposed is a dud. They should contact FEC Realty and get the original plans/drawings for One Bayfront Tower, or bring back the original plans for the Capital at Brickell.

Edgewater Rise
5 years ago

Never have I seen Bernando smile so wide.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Did it even get FAA approval?

Yet Another Anonymous
5 years ago

Who knows how they plan to exceed the 1,049 cap but it could be that the elevation of this site is almost 20 feet and its an above sea level figure. The site is on top of that massive Brickell “hill” that’s most noticeable on Broadway.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Any guess on the beachfront land in South Beach? Could it be Niki Beach?

Anoymous
5 years ago

Niki Beach will be part of the Chinese-Asian Invasion that is already in play. Genting will also use that as part of their Casino offering to their high paying guests. President Trump and Governor Rubio will make it easy on the regulations as well. Batista’s Cuba comes alive in Miami 60 years later….and Arquitectonica will remain the de-facto architects.

Anonymous
5 years ago

yes

Anonymous
5 years ago

wack!

Anonymous
5 years ago

If it’s a two tower project, I hope they build the shorter tower on the outside and the taller tower on the inside, for a better perception and viewing effect.

Anonymous
5 years ago

we have wayyyy too many twin tower projects in this town. if they want to make it iconic, they should have one massive tower in the center of the lot with a village of medium sized buildings surrounding it. a real “china city”.

Anonymous
5 years ago

So far from the quite unrevealing render, it looks better than One Brickell City Centre but doesn’t seem as iconic as One Bayfront Plaza or even Panorama Tower. As stated above, it would be better as one tower. Crowns and spires are a must!

Yet Another Anonymous
5 years ago

This sounds strikingly similar to a Panorama Tower google news alert from curbed…

Anonymous
5 years ago

Maybe because I’m the same commenter?

Anonymous
5 years ago

Will they use Chinese laborers as is done with many Chinese projects around the world?

Peter Confalone
3 years ago

It’s ugly!

Anonymous
3 years ago

getting money outta chinese banks faster than a bullet train…and how many visas do these guys receive

Anonymous
5 years ago

I know it still looks very diagrammatic, but i am tired of the huge pedestal seating below two towers. All they do is ‘celebrate’ their tower design and they forget the street level interaction…we don’t fly, we walk!!! Whatever is going on at the tower levels, should be as important as what’s going on at the street level.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Are you walking right into your unit? Otherwise, those pedestals are not mutually exclusive from street level offerings and interaction. Why do you keep pandering this garbage?

Anonymous
5 years ago

These pedestals you’re referring to are parking pedestals. Without them, you would see acres of street level parking and nothing else. These pedestals you’re complaining about not only are used for parking, but they also are being used to house restaurants, retail, and bars/clubs.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I am not saying we don’t need pedestals; don’t have to be a genius to know that they are parking pedestals…hello just look around, if you live downtown. What I am saying is that Arquitectonica is not doing anything creative to connect the tower with the pedestal…it simple looks like one thing on top of another, they don’t connect well, they don’t interact….it is just brainless and boring.

Anon-mouse
5 years ago

Podiums are an essential part of tower. Miami being almost at sea level means it is expensive to bury the pedestal. See what they are doing with Jade where the parking is buried and there is a better interaction between tower and city. Also another problem is the zoning where Miami 21 basically asks for Towers on Pedestals. If the code was less restrictive we could have other options.