Fairholme Building Approved After Design Gets Watered Down

Fairholme Capital Management’s headquarters and art gallery on Biscayne Boulevard has been approved, but the design has been watered down thanks to the Miami 21 zoning code.

Instead of an underground parking garage, the project will include a surface parking lot behind the building. That will allow for a raised platform with a Richard Serra scultpure surrounding the building to be placed at nearly sidewalk level, complying with Miami 21. A proposed second structure behind the building also appears to have been removed in favor of the parking lot.

The translucent concrete lit up with LED pinpoints has also been dropped, although not due to Miami 21. Testing had raised question about the strength of the material.

A reflective water pool surrounding the structure has been tweaked to improve pedestrian access, and the raised platform was redefined as a plaza, all in order to comply with Miami 21, the Herald reported.

 

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Anonymous
6 years ago

Well at least i will get built but fuck Miami 21 its bullshit

marc
6 years ago

The previous design did seem more interesting than this stripped down version

Another Anonymous
6 years ago

agree, what a piece of garbage for a design. Its suppose to be a high-brow design for a high-brow collector. They picked Arquitectonica whose principals are Ivy league high-brow educated but really are the champions of the one-liner, first idea that comes to mind. Back in the early 80’s this was somewhat palpable and novel…but now its just so out of place and out dated. They are responsible for the other large gargage Sky Rise Miami. Miami needs to raise its design standards.

Danny
6 years ago

It’s not always the Architect, some owners force design aspects.

Yet Another Anonymous
6 years ago

Thank you Miami 21 for disallowing underground parking for a surface lot #sourban #not

Jake
6 years ago

Miami 21 does not disallow underground parking… read the code before making ignorant comments. Brickell City Center has 2 levels of underground parking. What Miami 21 does not allow is underground parking that’s not fully below grade. The rule is meant to prevent the type of crappy development that you see all over little havana from with 60s, 70s, and 80s where the buildings are raised above “underground parking” that extends several feet above grade and which destroys the street level pedestrian interaction.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Actually, thank you building code for preventing a even worse monstrosity from being built.

Anonymous
6 years ago

i actually like this design

Anonymous
6 years ago

Wow! In five years we will all hate this cube! Get the architect and find out what school he/she went to and then have his/her degree revoked. Really, is this the best an architect can come up with? No lasting value!

Anonymous
6 years ago

Get their license revoked? Really?

Anonymous
6 years ago

Will be an eyesore in < 20 years.