ODA reveals design for Fort Lauderdale’s tallest tower

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Florida Construction News staff writer

New York-based architect ODA has revealed its newest project in Fort Lauderdale. The 47-story tower, being developed by Dependable Equities, is a large mixed-use building with a large corner plaza and activated walkways.

If approved, the 530-foot tower would become the largest building in the city.

The development is being planned for the city’s Rio Vista neighborhood south of the New River, adding 830 apartment units from studios to two-bedrooms.

It’s a large, mixed-use building with an elevated design “to stand out among the urban fabric,” the architect says. A large corner plaza with activated walkways along with ground floor retail space will “further dynamize the public realm at the street-level”.

The tower has “a sleek, curved glazed facade and alternating wrap-around balconies.” The architecture “generates a dynamic play which breaks up the massing of the building,” designers say.

There would also be extensive roof-deck amenities at different levels — created by setbacks and carved double height voids — all opening outward with wide open views to the city.

“Buildings at this scale house a community of people who live, work, and play from what they consider home,” said Eran Chen, ODA’s founder and executive director. “This new lifestyle is formed by a building that is shaped to be flexible, create strong connections and allows for diverse activities.”

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