‘Megamind Of Miami’ Building Intimidating-Looking Headquarters On Biscayne Boulevard

Bruce Berkowitz’s Fairholme Capital will probably have the coolest offices in Miami.

Fairholmes’ new headquarters will be housed on the upper floors of a windowless, inverted pyramid that will be built at 2626 Biscayne Boulevard, according to plans obtained exclusively by exMiami.

A museum will also be included in the building, with the ground and second level devoted to gallery space. Parking will be buried below grade.

The building might look ominous to passerby, but the interiors will be full of light. A mechanized sunlight system is planned for the roof, regulating natural light during the day. Inside, a massive, LED-lit aluminum sculpture created by James Turrel will be suspended from the roof of the building.

Fairholme’s office area will be open to the gallery below, and will include a kitchen with a wine cellar, a living area, a ‘sky room’, and a large terrace overlooking Biscayne Boulevard.

Artist Richard Serra is designing a 216-foot cortex steel sculpture for the plaza. Arquitectonica is handling architecture and landscape design.

Fairholme has billions in assets under management. Berkowitz has been called ‘the megamind of Miami’ by Fortune magazine.

PreviouslyBruce Berkowitz Plans Office Tower at 26th & Biscayne

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miami1
7 years ago

Awful, horrible…

anonymous
7 years ago

My personal opinion: Ugly!

Anonymous
7 years ago

why oh why?

ZachJ305
7 years ago

ugh whyyyy? Aesthetics are a matter of personal taste, (mine are screaming that this is hideous) but its completely cut off from pedestrian activity…It looks like a fortress.

WhyNotNow
7 years ago

We give up KFC for this?!

justsaying
7 years ago

Great guy, super generous to every charity there is, and if it looks like a fortress well that is what you want your hedge fund to look like. We should be glad he is putting his money here, if it look different. Who cares!

anonymous
7 years ago

It looks like a giant Jawa Sandcrawler from Star Wars

Anonymous
7 years ago

This is exactly the type of building Miami 21 was designed to prevent.

Here are just a few ways it violates the code (and these are not minor issues these are some of the MOST fundamental regulations of Miami 21)…

f. At the first Story, Facades along a Frontage Line shall have frequent doors and windows; pedestrian entrances shall occur at a maximum spacing of seventy five (75) feet and vehicular entries shall occur at a minimum spacing of sixty (60) feet unless approved by Waiver.

e. For the minimum Height, Facades shall be built parallel to the Principal Frontage Line along a minimum of seventy percent (70%) of its length on the Setback Line as shown in Illustration 5.6. In the absence of Building along the remainder of the Frontage Line, a Streetscreen shall be built co-planar with the Façade to shield parking and service areas. In the case of two (2) or
three (3) Principal Frontages meeting at Thoroughfare intersections, the Building corner may recede from the designated Setback up to twenty percent (20%) of the Lot length.

f. Underground parking may extend into the Second and First Layers only if it is fully underground and does not require raising the first-floor elevation of the First and Second Layers above that of the sidewalk. Ramps to underground parking shall be within the Second or Third Layers.

In conclusions the ground floor is meant to be very transparent with multiple windows and doors not blank walls. The facade along Biscayne blvd should fill out 70% of the frontage not 30% as they’ve shown approximately. And the parking should be fully underground or it should be setback a minimum 25′ from the property line or 15′ from the building face.

The whole point of Miami 21 is to build out the urban fabric with buildings along the primary streets that feature habitable uses which activate the streets. The reason the code only mandates 70% frontage is to allow the designer some flexibility/creativity in design while also ensuring that a majority of the streetscape gets built out. Instead Arquitectonica has delivered a 1960’sesque like building with windswept plaza that will inevitably be a dead space that wont contribute any to the vitality of the street. J

Anonymous
7 years ago

Is this a reflection of someone’s big EGO? It breaks all the rules of good architecture and urban design, but what would you expect from Arquitectonica….

Obviously
7 years ago

Personally, I like it, I think it’s a cool looking building. Very unique.

Carlos
7 years ago

Tasteless , monstrous, like the Miami children’s museum on Watson island…. This architectural firm in my opinion lost it…

Eddier
7 years ago

It looks a bit severe but I think it is good for the neighborhood. Not every building should have retail or townhouses on the first floor. A great building like the Bacardí would not be approved under Miami 21 plan. This building adds great art to the area, it is different that any other on Biscayne and it doesn’t look like a pinkish neo-tuscan village bakery. More evidence that Brutalism is back!

marc
7 years ago

Yeah, it reminds me of a brutalist sculpture and I dont mind it. My only issue is its not at grade or looks like it has an entrance facing Biscayne which i think would be good to promote pedestrian traffic.

Dev1
7 years ago

Vector’s house from Despicable Me http://despicableme.wikia.com/wiki/Vector's_House

Juan Carlos
7 years ago

I like it! We need more unique designs here. I think it’s great. The ground floor gallery space is a great use, especially given the surrounding arts organizations.

XVS
7 years ago

Questionable architecture but Bruce Berkowitz is welcome to build whatever he wants in Miami. Any city in the world would do anything to get his company in it.
I hope the building will do the justice to its owner and look far better than the renderings.

Anonymous
7 years ago

The harsh, fully sunlit pedestrian spaces outside will ensure no pedestrians linger. But we wouldn’t want greenery to detract from the architect’s “vision”.

For 10+ years, I drove by the Bacardi building every day. It looked abandoned long before it was because never, ever did I see a pedestrian nearby (same harsh conditions for pedestrians).

Eddier
7 years ago

Of course any city would be lucky to have a company that installs a Richard Serra’s sculpture, a James Turrell light piece, a gallery open to the public and that builds a building that while severe, does not look like a glass box or a meringue cake. Form follows function, in this case, the purpose of this company is to safeguard and grow capital. The shape and scale of the building, its lighting and approach to the street are perfect. More sober, un cutesy buildings, please.

XVS
7 years ago

Agreed. It’s all about the finishes and the details. I have no quarrel with the shape of the building.

roberto
7 years ago

Eddier. Did you ever go to an school of Architecture? Forms follows function? what are you talking my friend?

Marc305
7 years ago

I am big fan of architecture and I agree with Eddier, it is nice to see a different kind of building that does not look like everything else. The same goes for 1000 Museum, and Skyrise Miami.

Anonymous
7 years ago

I like it, good job!!!

Sam
7 years ago

I don’t understand all the complaints about such a cool development, architectually. It has a museum included. It looks awesome. Very uncommon and unique architecture that looks like it could be a contemporary sculpture should always be welome in a city saturated with mundane condo towers and high-rises. People of the time always criticize the different i suppose, before it becomes appreciated.

roberto
7 years ago

Sam. Just because the structure is destined to be a part-time museum, do not justify such massive building, and the question that goes into my mind is the following, why not imagining and propose an sphere, or a Cone, or a blob form? being different not necessarily erase the goodness and excellence in building design. Don’t you think so?

Kesley
7 years ago

YES YES YES! I love it! FINALLY! Hope this gets approved.

gordongecko
7 years ago

people complaining about miami 21 conformity. get over it. this building is going to be incredible if ever completed. this man’s presence in south florida is a blessing. he’s a brilliant, charitable, and creative businessman. whatever the building takes away from “the code” gives back infinitely in renown. it is good for the neighborhood. it will be very expensive and it’s all coming out of his pocket. welcome these things, people.

Linda Zilber
7 years ago

It is so nice to have creative people among us that are willing to spend the money to be different. I am tired of the cheep boxes that are being built all over town. More people will visit this building to appreciate the art within and without.

TTH
7 years ago

this is “o” creativity and lot of concrete, “cero ” tropical design . this is for New York , Chicago, Canada not Miami

Julio Guillen
7 years ago

The designers were thinking about Oslo, or even a desert climate (Nazca perhaps), not about the subtropics. Even the renderings show it, with all the gray cloudy skies. It’s a shame to waste so much money on something like this. A lost opportunity.

Anonymous
7 years ago

Have you been to Miami in the summer? It get’s pretty grey and cloudy….

DR.VEGAS
7 years ago

Brutalism (in small doses) is a good thing. (EXHIBIT A)
Bravo!

roberto
7 years ago

This structure could had been designed for any location in the world and not necessarily for the City of Miami or by the same talking to say that it will enhance the area in where this fortress is planned and located, it is simply an stretch of the imagination. An almost windowless building? built out of concrete, imaginary, form and mass bring me back to the idea of a reinterpreted Pyramid. obviously, there will be a tremendous political pressure to build the particular lack of imagination structure and even tough the city planners, are also trying to be part of the issue, we all know that this ugliness will be become part of the City of Miami urban landscape.

anonymous
7 years ago

We made the Miami Herald.