Railings Installed On Western Facade Of Topped-Off Icon Bay

Railings are now being installed on the western facade of Icon Bay, designed by Arquitectonica.

Architects planned the building so that all units face the water, and have balconies overlooking the bay. The eastern terrace is an outdoor shared corridor that leads to a stairwell.

Other Arquitectonica buildings with a shared outdoor corridor include Marina Blue, Blue and the upcoming Paraiso Bay towers.

Icon Bay also features a pre-fab parking garage (photo below).

 

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Anonymous
6 years ago

great park and public access to the water

Andrew
6 years ago

Yet another wall of glaring bright white lights for everyone in the city to enjoy. I wish the city would stop approving these one-sided buildings to prevent the ugly backside/security lights problem. And honestly, who wants to come home to their new condo when the side visible to you is hideous looking and only the part that can be seen from the bay looks appealing? It’s kind of embarrassing to be like “yeah, mine is that one over there with all those bright prison lights on it”.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Most people care much more about their unit’s interior, view, amenities, etc. You’re one of the limited few who would be embarrassed to live here.

I’m curious to know what can satisfy your luxe taste…where do you live?

Obviously
6 years ago

“who wants to come home to their new condo when the side visible to you is hideous looking and only the part that can be seen from the bay looks appealing? It’s kind of embarrassing to be like “yeah, mine is that one over there with all those bright prison lights on it”.

Lets see, if had to choose between view (a) “wall of glaring bright white lights” and view (b) another littered with garbage, overgrown weed filled vacant lot, I would prefer to see from my “new condo” the view of the wall of glaring bright white lights.

Andrew
6 years ago

I think you guys are missing the point. You are settling when some simple regulations and more effort on the part of the architect/developer could make it much better. There’s no reason we cannot expect developers to make the “back” look more presentable (similar to the “front”). Especially when the “back” is what everyone west of the bay sees (residents, tourists/business people coming from airport, etc). Yes, if it backs up to the backside of another building of similar height, then who cares. But more than likely this is going to be a long-term addition to the skyline and will eventually only be blocked when something goes up behind it. Yes, I get that you can’t expect a view when backed off the bay, but you should at least get to look at a finished/enclosed product. I don’t see related building like this in Brickell. (maybe they should design Brickell Heights/SLS Lux like this and see how that flies with the city/neighborhood).

Anonymous
6 years ago

The issue is that obviously they cannot sell units facing west..so most of these buildings will have great east looking bldgs. and less good looking west facades…obviously not the same case as in Brickell, where buildings are less about views and more about lifestyle.

The fire code as per Miami 21 has added more stairs and fire marshalls lobbies that make 198 wide bldgs. very inefficient if they don’t do these outdoor corridors.

still I think they have done an incredible job and the neighbors are very happy with the public park they are getting..I am an architect and live in the area and understand that there is always a trade off.

Andrew
6 years ago

You make some good points and I definitely understand there are trade offs, though I would argue they can/would sell non-east facing units but for just for a lower price…plus some people do like downtown/city views and not just water. I live in the area as well and am not looking forward to all of the brightly lit rear sides/corridors (Icon Bay, Biscayne Beach, Paraiso Bay). Other buildings in the area, like at the end of 22nd St and 25th St, look much better on the west facing side. I know the developers would have to sacrifice a bit but for the purpose of city aesthetics, I really hope they don’t let these one-sided buildings run rampant because they only really benefit the developers and leave the city with a bunch of back side light walls. No one likes to look at the side of a building that is better suited to be facing an alley. Just want the city and neighborhoods to look nice long-term. 🙂

Anonymous
6 years ago

ION is already planned to go pretty much right behind it. Quit your griping. Its “blank” west side still looks better than plenty of other buildings.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Those lighta u see are temporary fixtures..wait until its done..sure Related will do a great job again.

Geovanny
5 years ago

This building is awesome I was really impressed, everything I saw was just gorgeous…