Revealed: 49-Story Tower Planned At 400 Biscayne

PMG and Greybrook have submitted plans to build a 49-story tower at 400 Biscayne Boulevard, across from Bayside Marketplace.

The new proposal is one block away from the recently completed X Miami tower, which was said to already be nearly full, just months after opening. X Miami offers shared living with a rent by the bedroom program, and the new tower appears to be designed for a similar concept.

As with 300 Biscayne, a portion of the property is being left vacant for a second tower (A 98-story Waldorf Astoria is planned at 300 Biscayne).

For the new tower at 400 Biscayne, gradient white, blue and clear fritted glass will rise 120 feet in the air from Biscayne Boulevard to clad the lower levels. Behind that will be a 12-story church (the First United Methodist Church is getting a new facility on its former land as part of the deal to purchase the property) and a parking garage with 527 spaces. White aluminum louvers and artistic murals will cover the remainder of the garage.

An amenity deck for residents is being built on level 9 and 10, including an oversized gym, spa, bar and lounge, and pool and beach areas. Three levels of co-working office space are planned above that.

Levels 14 to 47 will be residential, with a total of 646 apartments. More than half of those (340) will be studios, with the remainder 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms.

Clear glass with white frames will clad the office levels, while gray glass with dark gray frames and dark gray painted stucco will cover upper residential levels.

The roof of the tower will be at 539 feet tall, while the highest point including enclosure will be 573 feet above sea level.

Miami’s Urban Development Review Board is scheduled to review the proposal at a meeting on April 18.

Sieger Suarez is the architect.

 

 

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Miami Archi

So many things wrong with this design I don’t even know where to begin.
Main thing is that front Glass Façade literally cant happen like that in Miami. You cant get pieces of glass that big to meet hurricane code let alone with small frames like that.
so that’s an outright lie.
Also that blank wall with a “louvered”? art piece. Everyone in the world will see that side of the building because it faces the empty lot. It looks terrible.
I really hope the Miami design board actually makes useful design critics to address the obvious issues with this tower.

Miami

glass argument is 100% true, so will probably be smaller pieces of glass.

“louvered”? I did’nt see a louver on the art

art is pretty cool and adds a nice dynamic to the city

all my opinions

Miami Archi

If you look at the document it mentions metal louvers in there. I guessed it meant that the art is on the louvers? It wasn’t very clear.
Put really that façade is just a big white wall with a big art piece on top of it.
Have you seen Miami X and that huge “canvas” they have hanging on their big grey wall. Looks terrible in my opinion. This just looks like the same thing and much more visible.

Anonymous

So you are an “Architect” and you already surrendered to the idea that the Glass Facade can’t happen…I think it’s suppose to be the opposite way around. The say it cant be done and the Arch. figures out how…

Miami Archi

lol I am an architect. And have worked on some projects that have pushed the limits of what you are allowed to do by code. Which is why I know that the end result will never be able to look like that render in Miami.
Pushing boundaries is one thing. Knowing how to create a Boundary pushing design that you can actually deliver is another.

Anonymous

It’s not a “render” it’s a “rendering”.

Anonymous

I am a glass contractor and that look cannot be achieved under our building code , even with site specific engineering.

Anonymous

i liked the original design.

Moon Over Miami

I like the tower except for the louvers ::::Looks like part of a dress that Lady Gaga use to wear.

Anonymous

The glass argument is irrelevant. Design board does not review for construct ability even if your argument that it wouldn’t work in Miami was valid in the first place.

marc

What’s up with the forest across the street?

Anonymous

Planning ahead, more parks!

Anonymous

It’s an imaginary forest. I’ll go there on my commute back home hunting for ogres and elves.

Anonymous

I like the street level pedestal design
The tower is horrific. Are these architects designing for retro 1970’s themes?

Anonymous

*1980’s and New Wave aesthetic is a trend again.

Miami

WOW! These comments are RUTHLESS! I really try to understand what everyone likes reading through the comments every week. I have a lot of faith for humanity and I am rooting for us, but these comments are horrible. This structural design is timeless, art on ground level is trendy (Which can be changed at any time) internally, the uses are great.

What’s the problem?

What does everyone want? what is everyone expecting? Some building from a sci-fi movie that defies the laws of physics?

This just proves that you CANNOT make everyone happy.

We should have a competition of strictly TNM commenters and we all have to sketch and submit how we would like a building in Miami to look.

We make a gallery, and then publish all the sketches as an article and we all laugh at ourselves.

This is a solid building, let’s move forward.

Danny

I feel you, but One Thousand Museum ended up being “some building from a sci-fi movie that defies the laws of physics” lolllll

Anonymous

See: Condominiums vs. Rentals; Apples vs. Oranges

Anonymous

Amen. Everyone’s a critic.

Anonymous

Putting a giant “elephant” doesn’t hide the fact that you’ve got a giant parking garage barely hidden from view from the street.

Anonymous

maybe they should put a giant digital Ad display instead?

Miami1

So this is replacing the previous design. The side facing Biscayne Blvd is an improvement from the old proposal. I like the different color scheme, everyone complains about Miami’s white condos so there you go…

Miami

We should embrace that , we’re fresh, different, sexy

Anonymous

Meh, I don’t like this design at all. Would be a better fit for Wynwood.

Anonymous

Check out the Glass work on the FBI Miramar building…similar approach to the base of this proposed building,

Anonymous

HIDEOUS

Anonymous

this will really look nice next to the Waldorf Astoria hotel.

Anonymous

I actually like the design a lot. It’s different and that’s perfectly fine!

Anonymous

WOW! please break ground today.

Anonymous

wow that an awful design. I hope you read this thread Sieger Suarez.

Anonymous

What an eyesore

Anonymous

Great design and location for another X Miami 2.

Anonymous

Certainly an improvement from the last mess, but the glassy feature should wrap around instead of a giant blank wall given the lipstick on a pig treatment with the mural. It would be nice seeing some curves and a crown, too.

Miami Archi

Also… what are they doing with the other half of the church property? This project only take up half of the churches lot that fronts Biscayne?

A. Nonymous

“Behind that will be a 12-story church…”
Anybody else think a 12-story church sounds odd?

Anonymous

Not if it’s a cathedral (with a third of it a parking garage)

AndrewN2

The base reminds me of the FBI building in Miramar by the FIU I-75 campus.

Anonymous

Most of these towers on a pedestal fail at the street level and make for awful urban design. What is this contributing to the Biscayne urban fabric?
Its an architectural Frankenstein.

Anonymous

will cost them a fortune .
doubt it will ever happen

Miami Realist

Cool another edgy cereal box.!

Anonymouse

Did anyone notice that the original proposal was around 750′ tall ?

Alto

I am so sick of murals and cheap ways to hide parking structures. Murals, adds, huge painted walls with ‘whimsical’ patterns…they all should be banned as they are poor tryouts to hide ugly structures…why not using real architecture or different material to enhance them? This is downtown not Wynwood and the neighbor building will be the Waldorf not Motel 8 so if they are the same developers building next door, why not integrating both designs to do something cohesive with taste?…and please hire a real architect firm!!!

POLO

This tower is ugly as hell. The base doesn’t match the office section above, and the office section doesn’t match the residential section above. It’s like you have three towers on top of each other that are not cohesive. This tower doesn’t deserve the privilege of fronting Biscayne Blvd.!

Anonymous

It doesn’t blend with the rest of the downtown buildings. I think it’s a pathetically designed building. With buildings like the Freedom Tower and 1000 Museum to get inspirations this is what they came up with?

Anonymous

They’re designing for a budget where much of the space will be studio apts which, in this case, is affordable housing with a view (at least in Miami).

Anonymous

The last thing you want is for it to blend with the rest of downtown. We’re tired of square boxes with edgy balconies passing for great architecture.