Renderings Show What Brickell Key Supertall Tower Could Look Like (Updated)

Update: Swire Properties, which owns the land at the south end of Brickell Key, has released a statement:

“Swire Properties has not engaged or commissioned any work with the firm Varabyeu Partners. The firm created renderings of a development on Brickell Key of its own accord, without Swire’s knowledge.”

 

What would a supertall tower look like on Brickell Key?

Architect Varabyeu Partners has just released a series of renderings showing a potential tower.

The architect is based in based in Miami, Minsk, and Brest, according to its website.

The renderings release comes a few weeks after a Federal Aviation Administration filing requesting approval for two possible new towers on the south end of Brickell Key.

The first tower is planned to rise 1,049 feet, with a second tower proposed to rise 700 feet, the FAA filing states.

 

(photo: Phillip Pessar)

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Melo is sigma and Chad
14 days ago

The four ambassadors are something they need to be bulldozed in Brickell.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Truly the slums of the neighborhood.

Anon
13 days ago

What about turning those buildings into afforadable housing? It may be a slim to most but may be a step up for others.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Affordable housing does NOT belong on a lot that is arguably among the most prime in the whole city.

To Clarify
13 days ago

I meant the Four Ambassadors – people are calling it a slum and saying it should be torn down, but maybe it has some utility

Anonymous
13 days ago

The proposed Varabyeu Partners tower is the most stunning design I have seen proposed in Miami!!! It would draw in so much attention and prosperity to the City. It would be in a league of it’s own with the Zaha Hadid building and add world-class status to the skyline.

Melo is sigma and chad
14 days ago

Is it going to take up that entire park though ? and piling work is going to record breaking because Brickell Key island was started from debris from deepening the Miami river.

Interesting Design Concept for Future Miami
14 days ago

Look at the sloped green hill though….

It’s gorgeous and a smart design because it can potentially extend the park with an evevates viewing points. People like sitting on grass (if city and residents pick up the dog poop) and Florida doesn’t have many natural hills so it’s unique.

Also it covers the parking structure in a natural way. It is a way to make parking “underground” without going below sea level.

Interesting Design Concept for Future Miami
14 days ago

Other design elements, that I love for supertalls in Miami:

– futuristic podium structure with various textures and shapes

– glass mixed with clean vertical line variations, spaced out and curving down at the base.

– a spire at top to give it a crystal-like point

– a midway break with open air elevation deck to give it scale by dividing it into two shapes.

Sorry
14 days ago

K. They will be determined by market factors though, not your arbitrary wishlist

Market Tips
14 days ago

Agree. We probably are the market though, and that’s what we want. Miami is almost as expensive as NYC.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Is the Mandarin Oriental going to be demolished? That is what the renderings show.

Anon
14 days ago

The rendering is not even a real project – all this speculation is about nothing.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Please do tell that to all the Karens on Facebook urging everyone to flood the county commission meeting to protest.

Kevin
13 days ago

Karens is an overly used word to diminish valid concerns of law abiding respectful women. While some are nuts we shouldn’t over generalize.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Maybe I am wrong… but according to the renderings… the tower will begin where the Oriental Hotel is? Are they going to tear it down?

Anon
14 days ago

Yea that is the plan supposedly. Sucks because the Mandarin has a nice little “private” beach. Love going and just enjoying the views of Brickell

Brickell Design Board
14 days ago

Keep the beach in the new design.

Anon
14 days ago

NIMBY spotted

Anonymous
14 days ago

Lol or maybe a BIMBY, aka beach in my backyard. The island is kind of like the the Brickell back yard.

Anonymous
14 days ago

What about expanding the park to a full blown beach, they can even charge entry for the day, like a full on sandy beach where yachts dock.

Not too sure.
14 days ago

I mean looks super cool on its own, sort of overpowers the island just on size and does not match the rest of the islands feel at all. Overall still think without an upgraded bridge this is a BAD idea, but hey lets see. Looks like some green space will still exist based on one of the pictures so maybe not all bad.

GBA
14 days ago

Definitely need to upgrade that bridge…and widen the sidewalks.

MM305
14 days ago

Maybe a second bridge that only services the super tall section but is still connected to the rest of the island. The tower rendering is huge and would have nearly as many residents as the rest of the island combined.

BDB
14 days ago

Well the Army Core of Engineers was considering, instead of the original giant sea wall, a barrier island plan with bridge walkways, maybe there can be a system of walkways for bikes and pedestrians and make existing bridge car only.

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BDB
14 days ago

Army Corps of Engineers*

MM305
14 days ago

It looks cool, but the developers don’t deserve a full scale project from the Army crop. that costs tax payers millions, maybe a full billion. And the renderings of the building look cool too. But the developers need to find a solution at their expense though cause this thing is way outside the norm for the island.

Anonymous
14 days ago

The Army Corp is already committed to this project. If DeSantis becomes president maybe it can be accelerated, in any event and whatever party or part of country or world you’re from, we can all agree Miami is one of the top cities in America.

Miami has been keeping this country afloat since the start of the pandemic. In fact while other cities are seeing people leave and prices drop, Miami is growing and seeing prices rise. Miami is setting the trends and leading the nation.

Miami deserves the full support of the federal government and the Army Corps wants to protect this city and help it continue to grow. When Miami does well, as does the nation.

Anonymous
13 days ago

The developers deserve the full funding from the federal government to allow for supertall towers? Yeah, Miami is great, but so is saving money as a society to pay for other more pressing infrastructure projects. Also, this project you’re talking about hasn’t been approved yet. I get that you want more innovative green ideas to “save the city” but this isn’t what we need to do first to accommodate a super-tall building.

Brickell Design Board
13 days ago

You’re mischaracterizing the point. We don’t request federal funding for super talls, which are inevitably going to be built by private developers here in Brickell.

Miami was offered federal funding for the new Miami River flood levy system (which should be incorporated into the Miami River Greenway plan, to create a useful river parkway). Federal government also promised infrastructure to keep Brickell from flooding like New Orleans in Katrina.

Anonymous
14 days ago

B-but, where will all the displaced iguanas live now?!

Yui
14 days ago

Never thought I’d say this. It’s too tall.

Renderings Inspire Change
14 days ago

I was very skeptical of a super tall here but maybe it was because I imagined one of the dated block style ones… this has a great elevation and point and love how the park overlaps with the design. It doesn’t eat up the green space as much as I though.

This rendering changed my mind about this spot, as the point of Brickell Key I think it needs to stand out and have some type of iconic design (not just another stucco block like the older buildings on the island) unless it’s an icon landmark design like this it should remain a park.

Anonymous
14 days ago

A couple of “Una-sized” towers would be more in keeping with the scale of the small island, but economics will obviously drive this.

Anonymous
14 days ago

LOL everybody’s a cheerleader for supertalls right in the flightpaths of MIA, but all of a sudden because it’s not where they want it…

Yet Another Anonymous
14 days ago

The render is not quite to scale. They make it look like miapolis

Stavi
14 days ago

I have to agree with the downvoted comments on this one. I like the design for the tower but it just doesn’t fit the Brickell Key aesthetic. This would look more at home closer to city center, such as where they are building Lofty. Even the space occupied by the 4 embalsamadora would be a better choice

Anonymous
14 days ago

Or replace the stand alone drive through fast food chains on 8th Street (Main Street) with something like this bad boy.

Lechozo
11 days ago

Stop calling it Main Street.

Anon
14 days ago

Anyone know if they are working with Swire?

No
14 days ago

I would bet a ton of money on it they are not. These are conceptual images just photoshopped onto Brickell Key for media attention.

Lois Griffin
14 days ago

Still a cool looking tower. I know this guy Ken Griffin I should refer you to. He’s got a great spot for this type of architecture.

Anon
14 days ago

This would be perfect for the new Citadel lot but I’m sure they have something incredible planned.

Anon
14 days ago

Yeah. The renderings for Griffin’s tower look amazing. They’ll need to upgrade the entire key and bridge for this one.

Bob the art guy
14 days ago

If built, this would be Miami’s greatest and most spectacular edifice and would elevate the image of the city. The architectural firm have been looking at Dubai….. that’s a good thing,

Anonymous
14 days ago

The difference between could and will goes a long way.

anonymous
14 days ago

They are changing the name to “The Four Embarrassments”

Anonymous
14 days ago

Love this!! If you support this, raise your voice to counter the NIMBYs overwhelming the Brickell Living page.

Vincent
14 days ago

Built it!

Azarius
14 days ago

Very unrealistic renders. Are they shopping for a flip!

No Traffic Capacity
14 days ago

They need to add more road capacity via another bridge and then also out to Brickell Ave which is a nightmare now and if the draw bridge is up forget it…

Hear Us Out Miami River Community
13 days ago

If we redistrict the Miami River to be beautified for residential purposes only all along it’s shores, there will be no need for the bridges to go up so often for cargo ships…

It would help immensely with congestion along I95 and around the bridges. We don’t need cargo ships going into the Miami River anyway. It’s out dated and wastes so much money clogging up our commerce, so doesn’t add value to ship inland. We have a huge and valuable port in the Bay!

anonymous
14 days ago

looks ridiculous and totally out of place for the key…bring it to the mainland after bulldozing the 4 embarrassments

Miami4Life
14 days ago

I think the renderings have been taken down?

Brickell Key Rez
8 days ago

The actual submission includes two towers, not one as shown. The first approx. 1000′ and the 2nd 700′.

Johnny
7 days ago

To the people saying a building will bring world class status to Miami, just stop. Buildings don’t bring world class stature to any city. Educational facilities, cultural institutions, cultural events, to name a few do that. I hope the island residents protest in horror at this useless monstrosity.

Shawn Kouri
14 days ago

Could you show them here on the website?

Fifi La Plume
14 days ago

any one knows Why the Courvoisier Business building in Brickell Key are being turn in to something that belongs to Bleu Lagoon or El Doral??

Anonimato
14 days ago

Anytime people here see height and read super tall they immediately call it beautiful. Height is only one element of beauty . This building ( which i doubt will be built with that NASA like Cape Kennedy lift off podium ) is super ugly… very ugly!

Anonymous
13 days ago

I think this is among the most beautiful projects we have currently. “Super ugly… very ugly” is a description I would reserve for some garbage towers like Downtown 5th.

Anon
13 days ago

Are you kidding? It’s a design that is iconic and will be photographed for lifetimes and centuries to come. No more cube rectangles like old NY. Nobody builds that anymore.

Anon
13 days ago

If we go tall, it needs to be split to create scale and include triangular points that lead the eye up to a narrower top level.

Pete's diner
14 days ago

Perhaps more suitable for Dubai than Miami. We don’t need tacky architecture. Lots already to go around.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Are you kidding me? This is gorgeous architecture. The futuristic architecture is more fitting in the design capital of America than any other American city, and if our brothers and sisters across the globe can achieve such great heights and architectural advancement, so can we!

Anon
14 days ago

That shit looks horrible, especially in that location lmao

Anonymous
14 days ago

Do you prefer buildings like Downtown 5th?