Revealed: ‘Iconic’ Supertall Towers Designed By Foster At 1201 Brickell Bay Drive

Tibor Hollo, Frank Mccourt and Corigin have have revealed plans for two supertall towers at 1201 Brickell Bay Drive designed by Foster + Partners.

ODP Architects of Hollywood is the architect of record.

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PreviouslyIs Norman Foster Designing The 1,049-Foot Supertall At 1201 Brickell Bay Drive?

 

DEVELOPMENT TEAM SUBMITS ICONIC PLAN FOR LAST WATERFRONT SITE IN BRICKELL

The Towers by Foster + Partners Proposal Includes Two Interconnected Towers Designed by Lord Norman Foster

MIAMI, FL, November 1 –– The partnership developing The Towers by Foster + Partners at 1201 Brickell Bay Drive, the last waterfront development site in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood, has filed a plan for the 2.5-acre property with the city’s Planning and Zoning Department that proposes two towers designed by Foster + Partners, one of the most storied architectural practices in the world. The Towers by Foster + Partners makes major improvements to the currently approved plans for the site while reducing the project’s overall density and intensity and aligning the design with the guiding principles of the City of Miami’s Miami 21 zoning code, which promotes a more holistic and well-balanced approach to urban planning in Miami.

The design includes two elegant and slender interconnected towers featuring 660 total residences, a 16% reduction from the previous plan’s 787 residences, together with a reduction in the overall FLR. Reaching 1,049 feet at its highest point, the maximum allowed under the city’s revised height regulations, The Towers by Foster + Partners has already received Federal Aviation Administration approval, the fifth development project in Miami to receive approval for a height of 1,049 feet. Each of these projects would become, upon completion, the tallest structure on the East Coast south of New York City and further establishing Miami as a global gateway city.

Foster + Partners is led by the Manchester, England-born Norman Foster, 81, who has received every major accolade in architecture, including the coveted Pritzker Prize, Royal Gold Medal for Architecture and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal. Foster was knighted by the Queen of England in 1990 and given the title of Lord Foster of Thames Bank in 1999. Seminal Foster works include the restoration of Berlin’s historic Reichstag, the famed Hearst Tower and the luxury residences at 551 West 21 st Street in New York City and a slew of London landmarks including the Millennium Bridge, 30 St. Mary Axe (“The Gherkin” tower), the new Wembley Stadium and London City Hall. In addition, Foster + Partners recently completed Miami Beach’s Faena House residences.

“The design of these high-rise towers frees up space on the ground to create a pedestrian plaza, with shops, restaurants and art galleries that will serve the local community as well as the new residents in the tower,” said Lord Norman Foster, Chairman and Founder of Foster + Partners. “The base of the building continues the axis of SE 12 th Terrace, drawing life back to the bay. It is a civic response to the city’s enlightened vision, and will make an important contribution to Miami’s public spaces.”

While the Foster Towers will be a soaring and distinctive landmark on the Miami skyline, its contributions will also be positively felt at the neighborhood level. A significant portion of the parking has been moved underground, eliminating the blocky, monolithic parking podium that has become mainstream in all Miami high-rises and allowing the architecture to meet the street and interact with its surroundings, a major priority of Miami 21. The stepping back and thinning of the towers and base will preserve more view corridors and allow for natural light and air to permeate the surrounding blocks.

A major hallmark of the project is the 56,800 square feet of publicly accessible open space, including a signature through-block arcade that intersects the towers, extending SE 12 th Terrace to the waterfront, opening up a direct vista from Brickell Avenue to Biscayne Bay and increasing pedestrian access to the waterfront. Additional improvements include new plazas and active retail uses as well as enhancements to the site’s portion of the 7-mile baywalk that connects the Brickell, Downtown and Edgewater neighborhoods.

The development team, a partnership of Florida East Coast Realty, Corigin Real Estate Group, McCourt Global Properties, applied to the city’s Planning and Zoning Department for a modification to the Major-Use Special Permit (MUSP) it was granted for the current approved plans. A timetable for groundbreaking and launch of sales has not been finalized.

 

(Rendering: DBOX)

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marc
3 years ago

Fantastic landmark design from an actual renowned international firm. Hopefully this supertall actually gets built for a change.

suomynona
3 years ago

“Fantastic landmark design”?

Hardly. It’s a taller, slimmer Icon Brickell with a fancier pedestal.

Finally
3 years ago

Thank you. Someone had to say it

¯\\_(ツ)_/¯
3 years ago

WAY better than the original concept. Looks wonderful.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Lets get this built!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Looks kind of similar to Icon Brickell.. icon brickell on steroids.

Or moreover, it looks like the man that Icon Brickell’s girlfriend told him not to worry about.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Brilliiant

aceraroja
3 years ago

Oh my god. A serious architect and developer plan to build something attractive, urban, and civic-minded. I’m reeling from this welcome shock. Underground parking, thank god, though soon enough nobody will really be able to actually drive here. Which is fine. And the skyscraper dorks get theirs too! This development has everything.

Jesus
3 years ago

A beautiful skyscraper that will make miami great. One brickell citi centre is elegant but this is better. When I first saw this, it reminded me of the world trade center in New York, the original buildings of course, towering over the city. The lights of the city along with this tower will change how people look at Miami. Every city has that one skyscraper everyone adores. For us, it was the miami tower with its lights, then the four seasons and now this will be the one.

I know everyone here has their tastes in buildings but look at how this stacks next to the skyline. This is our empire state building, the first thing people will see and know that makes miami great. Can the design change? Sure but let’s not forget the common goal, the skyscraper that will make make the skyline a beauty. I hope these guys build it. There will be other opportunities to build skyscrapers you guys like but let’s not kick the can down the road for what is a beauty.

Anonymous
3 years ago

cant forget zada….hers is a stunning project as well

Someone
3 years ago

Ok the 4 seasons is tall square and forgettable but for its size. It’s not iconic, it’s just tall.

Polo
3 years ago

Can we get more and better renders with more details?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Design isn’t iconic, but it’s not terrible

Anonymous
3 years ago

Wasted talent! If I wanted two boxes, I’d commission Arquitectonica to copy and paste Icon Brickell. Of course, people only like these buildings because of the height.

Anonymous
3 years ago

This building makes me so moist

Edin
3 years ago

Before building Miami “TWINS” towers we need to do this:
1.Make Brickell Avenue real world class Avenue, right now is total disaster.
2.Improve other roads,streets,avenues,highways,right now they look like,third world countries infrastructure. (no offense to theTWC).
3.Rebuild Miami Bayside Market,right now only low income and homeless people go there.(no offense to either group).
4.Improve our public parks,right now nobody goes there.
5.I’m 62 years old,wish we build that METRO from Miami to MB,before I died .
6.What about that “BRIDGE” on I-395?
7.What about MDC project?
8.What about SKYRISE project?
9.What about Watson Island project?
10.What about MIAMI PORT project?
11.What about GENTING project?
12.What about MIAMI RIVER project?
13.What about MIAMI MALL project?
14.What about MIA project?
15.What about SOCCER STADIUM project?
All these projects were promised 10 years ago and still nothing.How many more years we need to wait?

Anonymous
3 years ago

“Promised” 10 years ago? These are privately funded, for profit projects (primarily), they will show up when the developers are ready.

Anonymous
3 years ago

And… how about the long forgotten Brickell (bridge) Tunnel?

Resident
3 years ago

I agree with several comments, mostly the one that BRICKELL AVE, is a disaster. There are potholes and uneven concrete ALL OVER- sidewalk and roadways alike. Can planners possibly consider fixing the infrastructure, before adding more people and traffic..??
UNDERGROUND PARKING..????? DO THESE PEOPLE LIVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD..??
Do they know or will they inform “the future occupants”, that this specific intersection becomes a 2 FEET RIVER almost every time it rains, JUST A LITTLE BIT..???
15 feet waves, were for hours crashing onto buildings during WILMA.
The developers should leave their vehicles stored in that “underground parking” during a storm. You probably WON’T see that anytime soon.
More retail space.??? What’s the beautiful mall, 6 blocks away for..???
REALLY CITY PLANNERS, we are not imprissoned pigeons in our beautiful Brickell apartments. And if you believe that’s how we should live than give us one, just one beautiful neighborhood waterfront park to go spread our wings.. At least until the current inventory in the area is occupied.
Wishful thinking. It’s not about quality of life in Miami ,, just the almighty $$$$.
Bubble folks..!!

MrDreTheOne
3 years ago

Very nice design, these supertall twin towers on the water are bound to be iconic. I wish the developers are successful in making it a reality.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thank you!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Sorry, I am not impressed. There is nothing innovative or special about this design. It’s a giant yawn.I thought for sure that Foster would bring new ideas to Miami residential design, this is just much of the same at a larger scale.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Great improves the skyline in looks and height.

MiamiHurricane
3 years ago

OK love the design it is gorgeous, just not the elitism necessary to live there– and no they were not the first to do it.
Reduced from 787 residences to 660? THEY ARE EACH 105 STORIES. THAT’S BASICALLY 3.3 UNITS A FLOOR. Unless I missed a mention of office space or a hotel.
This is irritating because the majority of the occupancy here will be seasonal, not permanent, and it will not do much to help out with housing costs, availability, or the broader city for the prof class working and living downtown/Brickell.

Mike04
3 years ago

Do you seriously think that are going to use prime waterfront RE to “help the prof class working” here. In your dreams. Money is all they care about.

MiamiHurricane
3 years ago

Mike, there are these two buildings next door to this lot called The Mark and Brickell Yacht Club. Another one up the street called The Plaza. It’s also oceanfront, not waterfront, a big difference.

Not advocating socialism, but what the f*** is another ultra high end building going to add. I was talking about professionals working in Brickell and making $100K-$200K a year. Sure, the units sell, but few will live there year round. Most will use it to park money. Something with a bit more density e.g., 50 Biscayne that will be occupied on that much land.

Yet Another Anonymous, if you matched the acreage alone (and not the height which is double 50) — which has 9.6 units per ‘story’ — you would get over 1,000 units at this site. And yes, it’s called Urban Planning. You want it higher density the closer to the commercial center — and inventory would not have been a problem because it is prime oceanfront.

Yet Another Anonymous
3 years ago

oh my god, when buildings exceed 50 floors and or are luxury, they are rarely only 10 feet per floor. In fact, that amount is not common anywhere out side of Miami where they really pack em in. So no, it’s not nearly 105 floors. It may not even be 80. It’s not as bad as the gen one building boom condos that define generic and single use. And this is an actual attention getting building. I know that lie has been pushed by every marketing team, but this and Brickell City Centre are about the only two Miami developments that actually feel like New York. Walking through even the unopened city centre I felt that way for the first and only time so far.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The point was that the density is lacking. There are cities in China with great buildings, but nobody lives there.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The market is saturated………don’t they understand that ? …..this only will deteriorate the existing undergoing projects and resales from previous investors . Take a pause and be patience until next cycle in 3 , 4 years ………

Anonymous
3 years ago

Construction for this project won’t be completed for at least 3 years. This is the time to design and then to build at the beginning of the rebound.

Anonymous
3 years ago

If only the comments before this one didn’t sound like they were published by folks looking to sell this project … SMH…

In other news, Lord Norman Foster is looking to plug into an already deeply saturated market- ON THE BAY! — So what is a Starchitect to do? put underground parking of course! Nothing about this project jumps out to the trained eye — just more concrete and slabs with windows. (REAL ORIGINAL!)

My only hope is that something more ecologically conscientious design were implied on the site. Just take a look at #BeforeTheFlood — a NatGeo film by Leo DiCaprio — for lessons on what’s to come.

Miami should be the beacon city for adaptation and resilience to SLR — not another shiny trophy 🙁

Let’s see how many heads turn after reading this post — also lets see how long it last online.

– A young architect+developer in the making

Anonymous
3 years ago

If you move to LA you will find much more like minded people and you actually will get a few thumps up. Maybe Leo can send his private jet to pick you up….

Anonymous
3 years ago

We need more open, progressive minds to move here.
Please let’s change pur provincial attitude.
It’s the end of 2016!!!!
Will we ever change?

Anonymous
3 years ago

A young architect+developer in the making looking for inspiration from Leonardo DiCaprio for knowledge and inspiration. Take a moment to visit the Wolfsonian Museum on Washington Avenue in South Beach. The propaganda exhibits are phenomenal. If it sinks in immediately, you can see how actors/lawyers/politicians can influence young minds to the contrary of critical thinking and common sense.
Kudos, Sir Norman Foster and Tibor Hollo. Your accomplishments make a positive impact on the world than some will ever realize.