Concept Project: One Fifth, With 1,100-Foot Towers Just South Of Worldcenter

Architect MKDA created a three tower concept project on downtown Miami’s Central Baptist Church property.

According to the architect’s website:

The concepts and renderings MKDA designed for One Fifth, a 4.2 million-square-foot mixed use property in Miami, were meant to position a development opportunity. MKDA created an iconic building, the tallest in Miami, at a central site just south of the new Miami World Center and west of the new high-speed train. The three-tower property is 4 million square feet and 11,000 feet tall [sic]. It’s mixed-use with two hotels, three residential towers, retail and office space. The first 8 floors are retail and floors 9-22 are office. The smaller tower has residential space above the office space, while the other two towers have hotel and residential space above the office space. There are three sky lobbies as well. MKDA completed the concepts and renderings which will be used to get funding. An historic church on the site is an asset.

The Central Baptist Church is located at 500 Northeast 1st Avenue. It was built in 1925, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

(photo: phillip pessar)

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Marc305

As much as I love this project the key word everyone seems to be overlooking is “concept”, in real estate much like with cars, a concept means it will never look the way it first did, and in many cases they will never get built at all. Still, if by some stroke of luck, it becomes a reality, it would be an amazing addition to Miami, and despite of some comments here, yes, this downtown location will attract enough buyers both domestically and internationally.

AnonymousBrickell

LOVE and I am happy to see the church will remain!

Anonymous

It’s a shame that all those concept projects with iconic architecture are the ones that never get built. It would definitely be a great addition to our skyline and one that will offset the center of gravity back to downtown, away from Brickell.
If only in our dreams….

Anonymous

The next cycle building boom will be Downtown Miami, Biscayne, Innovation Center, Wynwood…developers have been purchasing the land and air rights.

Anonymous

Innovation Center seems doubtful

Anonymous

Beautiful!!!!!

Anonymous

Excelente!

Anonymous

Unfortunately its to nice to get built in Miami better yet Florida. I still cant understand why Miami doesn’t have some nice tall office buildings. We have the 3rd most skyscrapers in the U.S. but still dont have one over 1,000ft. Florida just hates anything tall and Miami lets the FAA push them around. Anything that will be and Icon a landmark for Miami doesnt get approved or somehow doesnt get built. Just wondering when will we be a real city and just not some party city and a place for people to vacation an stay in all or brand new hotels and condos. More offices mean more good high paying jobs an with good weather flat land and plenty parking garages you would think that would help bring more large companies in to have a market for office space.

Anonymous

Companies also need highly trained talented workers, therefore local universities and colleges need to produce more engineers and IT professionals.

Anonymous

I agree 100% that Miami needs more class A office space and a concrete nationwide marketing effort by the city and county to attract more businesses. Jorge doesn’t cut for the future of Miami…..

Danny Costa

Very nice! Love how close it is to MWC

Anonymous

Love it. How feasible is this to build?

Anonymous

Only for London , NY , Hong Kong prices >>>>>:-)

Anonymous

What do 8 floors of retail space look like?

Anonymous

The tallest towers I think should be all offices.

Shawn Kouri

Look! Today on August 8, 2019, Melo Group’s 50-Story Fifth Plaza twin tower project just got denied by the design board. Why not just put this back in the cards? After all it’s built on the same site. Instead of it being all condos and hotels you could just make it hotels and offices in the smaller towers while the big 80 story twin towers can be all offices. it would make perfect sense. This concept project is not just a concept, it’s an iconic mixed-use project with lots of glass.

Anonymous

How tall is this project?
Love it

Anonymous

It’s in the title

Anonymous

1,100 feet tall

Anonymous

Concept Project: One Fifth, With 1,100-Foot Towers Just South Of Worldcenter

Anon

Who is the developer of this? Don’t see any mention.

aceraroja

Shit looks like clip art. Horrifying scale and massing, and I don’t meant the height. I understand that this is just a sketch of what’s possible but the fact that anyone thinks this looks good is disturbing. To have the podium higher than the church and not just that, to actually angle it in toward the church to further dwarf it is just bad bad bad design. I love seeing downtown fill in after being clear-cut in the 50s but why is it always superblocks?

Anonymous

gorgeous…but it’ll never happen.

Polo

The FAA will never approve a height of 1,100 FT on that location or anywhere in the central business district.

GoneGuy

Ugly as sh*t.

un-invasive species

this is such a dumb un-contextual project to be built basically trumping a historic landmark.

invasive species

you know you’ve made it when there are fan accounts for you on TNM

un-invasive species

i just liked your name, however, i typically agree with you as well. so it works? hah

Anonymous

Nice…but ditch the stupid palm trees on the upper levels.

suomynona

Good idea. Let’s make it as sterile as possible.

Anonymous

Simply put, BAD ARCHITECTURE for a site already devoid of cultural significance — another firm placing another shiny trophy in our city — for foreign investors, and foreign $$ — continuing to push out the people of Miami — who will they sell to when all affordability is lost to the foreign markets? Who will work these jobs when the market is push out of Magic city to another place — better yet — Sea Level Rise comes in and takes the allure of the city.

Anonymous

This is ridiculous! Way out of scale and stands there like a sore thumb! This needs to be much smaller.

un-invasive species

Exactly, I would be way more okay with the design if the podium was restricted to the top floor of the church. The fact that the podium even extends higher than the roof of the church just dominates the existing. Miami has no concern for the existing/historic…

invasive species

LOL SORRY THIS IS NOT BUILDABLE – To build something that looks like this, a developer would have to sell condos at exorbitant prices. Well, I’ve got a news flash for you… not in today’s market, not in that location.

invasive species

i love getting downvoted for being realistic. you sheep.

invasive species

instead of downvoting, respond! cowards! can someone honestly tell me how to build these buildings without selling very $$ condominiums? can someone then subsequently explain to me how to sell and finance said condos at this point in the market cycle? Related can’t even do it… You all must be very smart.

Edin

Nobody told you anything. Thank you for your precious input.

Anonymous

Getting very mad for down votes in the internet only makes me wonder what kind of life or issues you have in the real world.

Ilovearchytecture

I don’t think this person have life issues other than being pragmatic and practical
Being skeptical in this city is due in part to the many times we get led down by developers and corrupt politicians

invasive species

is it so obvious that i let my internet commenting impact my real life? do you know me? I COULD BE JORGE PEREZ. I COULD BE MOISHE MANA. I COULD BE HUGO COLUMBUS.

Anonynous

I don’t know you. You are correct about that. Which is why I wrote ” makes me wonder “. You jump the gun rather quickly and are upset or mad at something. Relax. They are just down votes from Anonymous individuals. It does not dictate your life. Breathe. . . by the way, the caps are not necessary either. But, if that is who you are and how you function then so be it. 🙂

Marc305

….. maybe so but you are acting more like Donald Trump.

invasive species

I COULD BE DONALD TRUMP.

Ed

Dude, you get mad because the 13 people that read this little thing did not like your post?