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Renderings: 3,000-Foot Fantasy Project Called Miapolis Designed By Kobi Karp

Renderings: 3,000-Foot Fantasy Project Called Miapolis Designed By Kobi Karp

It won’t ever be built (the man who dreamed it is no longer alive), but architect Kobi Karp recently featured a fantasy project he once designed for Watson Island called Miapolis on his social media.

According to a 2010 Miami New Times article, the tower would have risen 3,000 feet, or 160 floors tower. It would have replaced Jungle Island, whose owners recently won voter approval for a 13-story hotel, despite objections from neighbors over the height.

Miapolis would have included an amusement park, marina, cultural centers, retail shops, and food and beverage.

The tallest building ever approved by the Federal Aviation Administration in downtown Miami is 1,049 feet above sea level, since the area is in the flight path of Miami International Airport.

 

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marc
marc

The eye of Sauron tower.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What about redesigning his own crappy 1970’s postmodern office building in North Miami?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Kobi Krap would make it look worse.

Paul
Paul

Long Live Verticus!

Anonymous
Anonymous

For over nine years now I have been dreaming of purchasing the finest meat and produce on Watson Island.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Build this where the Brickell Four Ambassadors are !

Anonymous
Anonymous

This would of been the ultimate GPS while boating…

Anonymous
Anonymous

This will never happen in Miami. The cuban bureaucracy will never let this get built before 2050

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is too modern for Miami. We still like ugly rectangular boring structures.

Anonymous
Anonymous

One can dream.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Looks like the tower from Final Fantasy 8 lol

Anonymous
Anonymous

2 Words: Mental Paja

Anonymous
Anonymous

Paja mental

Anonymous
Anonymous

More projects like these. Who keeps letting Melo develop those ugly white rectangles?

Anonymous
Anonymous

This project was never real. The developer, Guillermo Socarras, had envisioned a mega project first for Bicentennial Park which was a superior design to Kobi Karp’s monstrosity….it was called Verticus ( https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=195322) and also Vertical City of the Americas. Guillermo never had the funds to do this on private land and always went after public land. First on Bicentennial Park, but was going to have troubles with the FAA in Atlanta that was not going to approve this, to which he then looked at Watson Island. Guillermo had worked out the program and design of the original with one set of architects and engineers and had not paid them fully for their work, then switched to entire program without any engineering to Kobi for very short money to basically render. Kobi did as Philip Johnson aptly said about architects: “Architects are pretty much high-class whores. We can turn down projects the way they can turn down some clients, but we’ve both got to say yes to someone if we want to stay in business”

Anonymous
Anonymous

I love that someone posted a link from SSC. Long live the old forum for city nerds!

Jolly Green
Jolly Green

The guy behind this project was a windows salesman.

Anonymous
Anonymous

that was one partner, and a curtainwall glass guy. The main developer was a former banker and finance guy.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Lol. Ironic?

The Real Marc
The Real Marc

the dream is still alive!!!

aceraroja
aceraroja

Thank god he’s dead

Anonymous
Anonymous

I guess you’ll live forever.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Nah, this beautiful project won’t ever get built. But we will get that fugly looking Skyrise crap.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You haven’t seen that one they’re going to build in London🤣. Skyrise is 1000% way better

Anonymous
Anonymous

The design of Skyrise is cantankerously done. No amount of praise of it from anyone will make me change my mind. It’s ugly and something designed like that doesn’t belong in the forefront of Miami’s skyline.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Beautiful Project?
look up works by architects like Bjarke Ingels, Herzog & Demuron …
These are Example of great architecture and beautiful projects…bigger, taller, is just not!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I love the Skyrise design. Better than any other observation deck in the world, and I’ve been on most of them. All you guys complaining about it should show us your designs or at least let us know what it should look like according to you: a needle? A wheel? What?

Anonymous
Anonymous

We were only presented one design and trying to compare that amateurishly designed Skyrise crap to something like the CN Tower in Toronto is hilarious.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Bjarke Ingels is an overrated douche. Have you seen his redesign of 2 WTC? It’s insulting!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes
Thank God we’re getting Skyrise.
Bet you’re going to love doing some of the rides.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Rides are for children and belong in Orlando

Anonymous
Anonymous

You’re right.. take the kiddies to Orlando and let the adults to go casinos in Miami.