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
2 years ago

The eye of Sauron tower.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

Kobi Krap would make it look worse.

Paul
2 years ago

Long Live Verticus!

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

Build this where the Brickell Four Ambassadors are !

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

This would of been the ultimate GPS while boating…

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

One can dream.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Looks like the tower from Final Fantasy 8 lol

Anonymous
2 years ago

2 Words: Mental Paja

Anonymous
2 years ago

Paja mental

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Jolly Green
2 years ago

The guy behind this project was a windows salesman.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

Lol. Ironic?

The Real Marc
2 years ago

the dream is still alive!!!

Shawn Kouri
1 day ago

I like that tower. Back in 2011, I was watching a video on what would downtown Miami look like in 2020 and beside that on YouTube, there was another video that talked about some building. I played it and it was this one. It was supposed to be an iconic landmark in Miami if it were to be built. I even looked more into it and I thought it would be really cool. At the time, it was supposed to be built in 2017 or 2018. I even kept on watching the video. Years later I looked back again thinking about it. If this was built, it would’ve been so cool. Imagine driving under that one going to South Beach on the MacArthur Causeway. I would’ve stayed at the hotels or go shopping there or try the amusement parks and attractions if it was built. It probably would’ve benefited anyone in Miami and it would’ve benefit Miami Dade County public schools with lots of revenue coming in to help fund schools. More families would have moved to Miami if this thing was built. I would have built it. I would’ve built it through pre-fabrication and modular construction which means the buildings would be more durable in hurricanes and would be cheaper to build and would be built much much faster. Today in 2021, I would’ve still gone. However, if someone were to put it back on the cards, would it cost too much traffic on MacArthur Causeway and other highways? What about road and infrastructure improvements needed for the project. Will it be a gridlock nightmare on the roads? can something like this withstand the next pandemic? How will this even withstand a hurricane, or a category five hurricane. And how will it impact aviation since Miami international airport is literally right there. How are airlines affected? That would be something to take into account if someone were to put this project back in the cards. If this tower was built, plus sky rise Miami if it wasn’t canceled, that Marriott at Miami World Center, the Magic city innovation district, Eastside ridge, and the American dream mall near my house in Miami Lakes, you know too well that a lot of families would want to move back to Miami and there would be way more good paying or high paying jobs. Of course Miami has very few well-paying jobs, though that is changing thanks to Miami becoming another tech hub. This would’ve been an iconic part of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and his plan to make Miami a big tech hub.

Shawn Kouri
22 hours ago

I would build it!

aceraroja
2 years ago

Thank god he’s dead

Anonymous
2 years ago

I guess you’ll live forever.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

Rides are for children and belong in Orlando

Anonymous
2 years ago

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