Foster’s Plan For Retail Arcade Topped By 81-Story Towers On Brickell Bay Drive

Preliminary plans for an 80 and 81-story project called The Towers by Foster and Partners have been obtained by TNM.

At ground level, the architect has designed a retail arcade between the two towers, which will allow pedestrians to pass through glass-enclosed retail and restaurants towards the baywalk. In total, there is 17,920 square feet of retail, restaurant and cafe space.

The architect is proposing three basement levels of underground parking, going as deep as 17 feet below sea level. A podium on levels 2 through 11 (above the retail space) also appears to have parking lined with residential, for a total of 771 spaces.

All of the floors above level 14 are either residences or amenities. The towers will be intermittently attached with a “residential bridge” every 5-7 levels. The proposal includes 660 units, half the 1,250 units allowed by zoning.

There are six levels of amenity spaces, perhaps the most of any condo project in Miami. Levels 12, 13, 48, 49, 72 and 73 are devoted to amenities.

The south tower will be slightly taller at 81 stories (1,049 feet above sea level,) with the north tower at 80 stories.

 

 

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marc
4 years ago

Looking forward to this landmark tower. Going to look imposing from offshore.

Anonymous
4 years ago

So many complain that we see the same developers and architects, and then when we get Foster, they complain about the occupancy and retail square footage.

Amazing design.
Amazing location.
Amazing team.

This will be beautiful.

Congrats Miami!

MiamiHurricane
4 years ago

Sorry, I’ve never complained on that end. I’ve generally complained against projects that aren’t catalyzing economic growth and just adding to unnecessary ultra high end lux inventory.

Ilovearchytecture
4 years ago

Agree, lower the price until the area get more populated and more middle and lower upper class with enough disposable income to activate the economy of this restaurants and stores also made west brickell more agotable. I working class will created a city like any real meteopoly
Now most of the business in brickell retail area are foringnes seeking a visa to scale their countries
Most of the owners takes their looses to live in a safe country
The excuse the prices are high because contruction quality is bull
Lots of those ends building still use cheap material and crapy finishes

Just a thought

Anonymous
4 years ago

Why do people complain that developers build luxury and high end towers? If you want affordable housing, go to your local government. People complain on this platform about all of these towers being built for foreigners. Reality check – Miami wouldn’t be what it is if it wasn’t for all of this foreign money. I agree that this city lacks affordable housing for majority of its population, but complaining about what a developer does with the land that THEY purchased makes no sense.

MiamiHurricane
4 years ago

My position isn’t affordable housing for the working class (especially in Brickell). More for working professionals vs millionaires parking their money. Manhattan waterfront offers density and the focal areas of downtown and Brickell should focus on it. Let South of Fifth, Edgwater, etc absorb that inventory. We have a gillion units for that.

A rental property owned by foreigners is not the same as a seasonal “investment” to park money in US. One generates cashflow and filled with a tenant, one is occasionally used for vacation by the owner and hedges against currency devaluations and possessive government regulators.

Anonymous
4 years ago

18,000 sq ft of retail restaurant is not large enough to make a difference for a project that turns itself inward as opposed to being pedestrian friendly. These self serving restaurants never survive with constant turnover. Just look at Icon Brickell as an example of this.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Have you not been to “Crazy about you” in Brickell? Inside the mark and still full nearly every night. Lets stay optimistic maybe?

Anonymous
4 years ago

Totally agree

Jesus
4 years ago

I love the way the tower will look like in the first picture. This will become our Willis tower or empire state building. It’s time we in miami get what makes cities great, a significant and signature tower unlike any other.

MiamiHurricane
4 years ago

How? Hardly anybody will live there year round. Sit at the Jade next door to this plot for an hour at 7 AM weekday, so high end that very few work from it.

Anonymous
4 years ago

A condo tower can’t reach that status unfortunately. The Towers by Foster would’ve been amazinggggg as a mix of office and retail. I know about the economics tho… 🙁

Sentry
4 years ago

Retail Arcade of 17,000sf? Hehe…that is tiny!
They should seriously increase the reatil sf by at least 10 times what they are currently planning.
Retail will explode in Brickell and having stores and restaurants in front of the bay is priceless. With so many condos in the area, i am sure all national home decor and furniture stores want to open flagship stores in the area…and they consume a lot of footage.
It is definitely a good place for a Dean n Deluca, oyster and seafood bars…you name it.
Potentially, i see it as a much nicer Bayside.

Yet Another Anonymous
4 years ago

The initial rendering is stunning, but the base square footage of retail etc isn’t that high, and 600 units for the size of the lot and project isn’t impressive, and to boot it means they will be larger/luxury units that are even less inhabited.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Between Panorama and these two towers, the SLS will lose most of it’s water views.

IloveMiami
4 years ago

Sorry. Don’t like it. Too many “pedestrian bridges”. Takes away from the overall design. Petronas its not.

MiamiHurricane
4 years ago

HALF of the units allowed by zoning. What a joke. Whoever wants to can criticize my complaint again, but I would rather see full time residents in Downtown/Brickell contributing to economic growth instead of entirely seasonal high end South of Fifthers.

MiamiHurricane
4 years ago

And to clarify I am referring to full time professional households earning $100K-$200K/year.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Until traffic issues are resolved, seasonals are just fine.

MiamiHurricane
4 years ago

Met1 had a huge waiting list three years ago for parking spots. Now, it’s trimmed considerably. Residents are adopting with UberPool give it time. A major city like Miami should have traffic issues.

Anonymous
4 years ago

It is not going to happen soon , Brickell is saturated ….. give a pause of a couple of years at least , until all the new units on the pipeline are digested …… closed , occupied , resale , et et…… there are not enough local residents for all those units and the return for the investors won’t work ……

Procalc
4 years ago

Pricy condos are not necesarily bought for investment purposes, they are rich people’s second or third home.

Alpina
4 years ago

On the contrary, super luxurios condos for the super rich are the new ‘thing’in Brickell and Downtown….looks like this area is finally competing with Sobe.
I believe this one, the condo by Aston Martin, and One River Point will be a league of their own; separate from the Related crap.

Anonymous
4 years ago

yikes, isn’t there like 400 months of inventory already, good lick on this.