Edgewater Resident Complains About Arquitectonica’s ‘Ugly’ New Icon Bay Tower

A reader of Curbed has written in to complain about the backside of Arquitectonica’s Icon Bay condo tower.

The nearly 50-story wall of exterior emergency exit corridors are ‘hideous’ and create terrible light pollution, he wrote. He also said that it will be difficult for any developers to build west of the project, since no one will want to be facing the back of ‘this monstrosity.’

The project is being developed by Related Group, which is building up to four more towers with similar open exit corridors nearby at Paraiso Bay. The Paraiso Bay towers will be even taller than Icon Bay, recreating the concept on a larger scale.

In addition to criticizing the architecture, Curbed has been critical of the deal which saw the city tun over waterfront land to Related to build Icon Bay, and how the tower blocks view corridors.

Arquitectonica has been designing buildings in Miami with nearly blank backsides for at least a decade. Projects include Blue, Marina Blue, Marquis, and Paramount Bay. In Miami Beach, members of a review board once complained that they were essentially duped into approving an Arquitectonica-designed blank backside at the Bentley Bay condo project, assuming that it was clad in glass.

 

 

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Tired of Arqui
5 years ago

I think what we really need to realize is that Arquitectonica has been showing the City of Miami it’s literal and figurative backside for a long time, in the form of it’s architectural design.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I absolutely hate what arquitectonica has become!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Yes. Arquitectonica can do a better job.

This only reminds me of Marina Blue… it’s a beautiful building at the front, but it has a terrible back… most of the future owners of Paramount will have to leave with lights on, all night, and a view of corridors similar to an affordable housing project of little Havana.

Eon
5 years ago

Marina Blue. Another hideous backside. Shame on the developers for building that crap and the city commission for approving it. Let’s do better Miami, come on!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Marina Blue is a beautiful building!

anonymous
5 years ago

He’s right, it is ugly. However as the commentary in this post writes, it is not the first, just one of many. Driving on 836 towards downtown you see many of these.

I believe for some of these buildings the entry corridor is outside and exposed to the elements such as Blue.

XVS
5 years ago

Have to agree. Backside of Icon is ugly, and of Bay House is beyond hideous. I am all for development, but these two monstrosities deserve to be vilified.

Anonymous
5 years ago

It seems as if Arquitectonica is the only firm designing these buildings. Why is that?

Anonymous
5 years ago

They probably have the “in” with local officials in getting approvals.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I will never buy any unit developed by Related

marc
5 years ago

Again, why is a post on another site being reported on here?

Juan Carlos Contreras
5 years ago

Move on.

These backsides are highly unattractive and should be avoided. I can’t blame the neighbor. Can you imagine having to look at that from your nearby home? It’s unattractive.

Obviously
5 years ago

Yeah, you’re right, I just hate it when “unattractive backsides” come waltzing past my house. I don’t like looking at them!

anonymous
5 years ago

What’s the problem with reporting on another site’s post?

Anonymous
5 years ago

Curbed is BUILT on posting other peoples’ news! 😀

marc
5 years ago

Why is Nextmiami writing up a post about a development on another site?

Obviously
5 years ago

BINGO! marc.

And if people like this “little crybaby” realize that city building codes dictates what developers must do when illuminating emergency exit corridors, then what he’s saying is that the residents in this tower’s safety be damned, his concerns comes first!

I live a block away from train tracks, and every morning five days a week at about 4:35 AM sharp the horns from a passenger train blares loud and clear, waking me up. But I’m lucky because I have to get up very early in the morning to go to work anyway. Now if this person who wants to complain about “light pollution” of a nearby building would like to swap living environments with me, I’ll take light pollution any day over train NOISE POLLUTION!!!

anonymous
5 years ago

That may be the case but zoning shouldn’t allow this in such highly visible locations, especially 50 floors tall.

Obviously
5 years ago

Well, I guess these locations are “highly visible” because they’re already lit up even before something 50 floors tall is built in them.

Anonymous
5 years ago

What “should” be the case, according to your opinion, doesn’t matter.

But while we’re into what should and shouldn’t be…this tower shouldn’t be “highly visible” that far east. For some reason, I’m not buying the Curbed commenter’s opinion about buildings not developing behind this “monstrosity”…

ed
5 years ago

Obviously,
The “Crybaby” in question is not sulking about the fact that emergency exits have to be illuminated. No sh*t Sherlock! All emergency exits have to have adequate lighting. He is just saying that the City shouldn’t have to see a 35’story emergency exit light up like a Chrismas tree, every single night for the next 30+ years. The design of some of these single-sided condos are flawed because with tenants have this great view of the sparkling bay at night, the rest of us are blinded by those horrible lights. If they weren’t so cheap they could have enclosed the corridor. Or just designed a building that also faced then city.
Also, Marc, that “other site” makes reference to this site just about everyday.

Obviously
5 years ago

Hey ed, the City shouldn’t have to see torn up sh*t after a hurricane, but the City got used to it because everyone knows that that’s the price you pay for living in the tropics along a hurricane corridor. You live in a city that has a gang of highrises and more are sprouting up like grass and you’re libel to see more examples of this building than not so get used to it, or if you just can’t, packup and bounce to a place where a Grain Silo is the tallest thing in the entire town.

Anonymous
5 years ago

You make no sense…

Miami123
5 years ago

I don’t think anyone is questioning the emergency corridors being necessary. I think the point is that this type of design with an empty back shouldn’t be allowed to be built to begin with, especially in prime locations. City building code could be changed to require hallways on these types of large buildings to be inside rather than outside.

Obviously
5 years ago

“hideous, ugly, monstrosity, unattractive,” haha, it would seem to me like some people are referring to a blind date if I didn’t know better.