The British architectural firm of Foster + Partners has revealed plans for two 1,049 ft. towers planned for Miami’s Brickell district.
A media release says the buildings will stand as “the tallest buildings south of Manhattan on the East Coast” and as an “elegant addition to the Miami skyline with two landmark towers that redefine how high rise buildings are woven into the fabric of the city.”
The interconnected towers at 1201 Brickell would be even taller than the 83-story Panorama Tower that FECR is currently building in the neighborhood and that would have been the tallest building in the state, South Florida Business Journal has reported.
The new plans for the towers would reduce its condo unit count from 787 to 660 and would move much of the parking underground. The release says that removing the typical car parking podium opens 56,800 ft. of ground level area to create an engaging public space that will include restaurants, cafes and art gallery spaces set in a garden landscape, and create an arcade to allow pedestrian access to the waterfront.
Part of the towers’ unique reinforced concrete design includes portals that will both “shade the apartments within” and maximize daylight to the spaces. The design also features louvres designed to be lowered over the central plaza to act as wind breakers. The towers are additionally braced by belt beams tied together which are designed to withstand hurricanes through their added stability.
Norman Foster, Foster + Partners’ director has been recognized with the Pritzker Architecture Prize for “built work (that) demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.” He has also been awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal.
Foster holds the title of lord in England and has been involved with such London landmarks such as the Millennium Bridge, London City Hall and Wembley Stadium.
“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 Foster. “The base of the building continues the axis of S.E. 12th 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.”