Throwback Thursday: Resorts World Miami Unveiled In 2011 With Six Towers

Resorts World Miami was unveiled in 2011 as one of the biggest projects ever proposed in Miami. Over eight years later, nothing has been built.

The proposal included six LED-lit towers with a design inspired by a coral reef.

Four of the towers were to be hotels, with a total of 5,200 rooms. The remaining two towers would be residential, with 1,000 residences.

An eight-story podium was to sit above a three-story underground parking garage.

The podium was to have a tw0-story shopping mall with 250,000 square feet of luxury retail. There would also have been more than 50 restaurants, lounges, bars and nightclubs, and 700,000 square feet of convention space including a 200,000 square foot column-free ballroom that would be the largest in the U.S.

Atop the podium would be a massive 3.6-acre lagoon, allowing one to swim from Biscayne Bay to Biscayne Boulevard. The lagoon would be equivalent in size to 12 Olympic-size swimming pools, and would have a sand beach.

The design would be in accordance with the Miami 21 zoning code.

A baywalk would be built along Biscayne Bay, with a connection from Museum Park to Edgewater.

Later, Resorts World Miami purchased the neighboring Omni property and other nearby land, doubling the potential project footprint to 30 acres.

The company has not been able to secure approval for casino gambling at the property however, and nothing has been built.

Developer Genting is instead now building the $4.3 billion Resorts World Las Vegas, the most expensive resort ever built in that city. The project topped off in August 2019.

Resorts World under construction in Las Vegas in December 2019 (photo: superfish):