First Glass Installed At 500-Foot Downtown Miami Courthouse Tower

Miami-Dade’s new civil courthouse tower has had its first glass installed, according to photos by Phillip Pessar.

The Miami-Dade Courthouse Tower is planned to rise to a height of 25 stories, or 474 feet above ground.

It is being built as part of a public-private partnership led by Australia’s Plenary. Operations will also be handled by the private company upon completion, in exchange for payments from the county.

A total of 46 finished courtrooms are being built (compared to 23 operating in the old courthouse across the street, which dates to the 1920s).

The new tower will also include a parking garage with 58 spaces, with one parking level built half below-grade.

 

(photos: Phillip Pessar)

 

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Melo, the true giga chad
2 months ago

missed opportunity for a modern Art Deco design…instead we got another cereal box

Anon
2 months ago

not sure why you thought that was a possibility to begin with

BORINGGGG!
2 months ago

Cereal boxes blah blah blah cigarette boxes blah blah blah Art Deco Design blah blah blah Melo blah blah blah I do nothing but sit on my a$$ and complain blah blah blah blah blah….

Most of the time I read the same ole sh_t, just on a different article.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Okay, let’s hear your constructive criticism, or is the other side of the coin just “Miami winning?”

BORINGGGG!
2 months ago

I’m not a competing architect. I don’t present comparative designs. The so-called “constructive criticism” you and others like you are making about the design of this new courthouse is just useless gibberish. I own a home in Miami so whether I like it or not, some of the money I pay in taxes is going toward building and paying for this new courthouse. Making negative critiques in every article TNM presents about how this new courthouse looks sounds like grown-ups childishly whining to me.

Anonymous
2 months ago

We’re all paying for it, so shouldn’t we get some input too? Something’s aesthetic is almost as important as it’s function, if not essential. Don’t see how ignoring public feedback helps.

Also it’s going to be new so obviously the funds are allocated. It doesn’t cost more to look better, so people are trying to help. It sometimes takes a few sets of eyes to see something.

BORINGGGG!
2 months ago

^
But this new courthouse is being built while you’re bellyaching and whining. Regardless of you’re distaste for this building, it won’t be changed for you no matter how you and others like you complain about it… so get a life!

Melo, a true Giga Chad
2 months ago

Well said

Anonimato
2 months ago

One hideous box!

Anonymous
2 months ago

I’d say Greek Roman revival – it’s a courthouse, some touches of deco inside for the interior.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Hideous!

Anonymous
2 months ago

I guess we’re all guilty since we’re being punished by this design.

Fern
2 months ago

That’s a good one!

Anonymous
2 months ago

🤮

Clean
2 months ago

The materiality on the facade will make it break this building.

Anonymous
2 months ago

it looks like a smaller version of Downtown 5th

I love to assume
2 months ago

Good!.. that means the new buildings is this area are blending together quite nicely.

Anonymous
2 months ago

BRUTALIST!

Anonymous
2 months ago

Brutal to your eyes.

Anonymous
2 months ago

In my opinion the critics in the comments are right, sorry. The design is salvageable and the interior is beautiful. The seemingly chaotic linear lines do not give the image of a stable courthouse. The arched glass hangover looks retro but not modern. The size could be balanced with a covered pediment to add scale and dimension. Here’s a true opportunity to show off some modern classic revival

Anonymous
2 months ago

Um.. its just a courthouse.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Just a courthouse? Only a pillar of our democracy in which all law and order resides. Hope the architects didn’t have that mindset.

Anonymous
2 months ago

“Only a pillar of our democracy in which all law and order resides”

Haaaaaa!.. ask an indigenous person if you can find one of this land (a real so-called Indian) about this “pillar of democracy of law and order.”

30kmillionMIA
2 months ago

474 feet of beauty! Hope I never have to go inside 😂

Beguiled One
2 months ago

The “what could have been” development. lol

Budding Bureaucrat
2 months ago

I hope it incorporates lighting outside.

Anonymous
2 months ago

At least there will be less litigation because who would want to go to court?

anonymous
2 months ago

They could save this design if they alternate materials between groupings of levels, alternating wherever there is a horizontal breaking line. At least the first grouping could be wood panels or a darker stone.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Uf it has a lower window ratio than the twin towers.

Anonymous
2 months ago

The Downtown 5th towers’ stillbirth child.

RenRich
2 months ago

At best. Definitely an eyesore for downtown.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Just hope you never get locked down with those 7&I&G&S because they’ll definitely “slam” you up your a&&!

Realtalk Reilly
2 months ago

I always like to remind everyone every time there’s an update on this new courthouse: It did not need to be built. What an incredible waste of taxpayer money.

This courthouse was budgeted, designed and approved in order to address the chronic conditions of overcrowding that existed at the old courthouse. However, AFTER it was approved, the pandemic happened, resulting in a dramatic changing of the way things were done at the courthouse.

Now, even after the pandemic, they are continuing the efficient, time-saving practice of conducting nearly all hearings and and other courtroom proceedings remotely, via ZOOM. Pretty much the ONLY proceedings that happen in the courthouse anymore are actual trials.

As a result, the old courthouse is no longer crowded. For a small fraction of what they spent on the new building, they could’ve renovated the old one and upgraded the technology/wiring to make it even more conducive to remote proceedings.

But alas, the deal was done and the kickbacks were paid, so it was too late to put a stop to this boondoggle.

“A parking garage with 58 spaces!” If it’s that’s small, it must be a private garage for the Judges. Why not a garage for the jury pool and litigants who are coming to the courthouse for trial? Strange that they couldn’t incorporate one into a building that big.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Great infill!? Enough with the infill. The courthouse isn’t supposed to be infill it’s supposed to be a beacon and emblem of Justice. This is not worthy of the law.