One Bayfront Plaza is poised to become Miami’s first super tall (1000′) and truly iconic skyscraper. With the recent approval by the City Commission, the 2 million square foot office development is ready to proceed through the initial stage of pre-construction. The $1.8 Billion project will feature 2 million square feet of leasable office space, 120,000 square feet of exhibition or banquet space, 112,000 square feet of retail, and a 850 room hotel. The project is slated to break ground in 2011 and has attained preliminary approval to rise to 1,049 feet (roof) and 1,180 feet to the top of the spire…
One Bayfront Plaza is being developed by Florida East Coast Realty (Tibor Hollo) and was designed by Terra Group Architects. Frankly, I’m impressed by the eastern facade of the structure but dismally disappointed by the initial designs of the west side, pictured above. The two structures appear to be disjointed and fail to compliment each other accordingly. Hopefully, the west tower will be subject to further redesigns to make this a visually appealing structure from all angles, not just the east…

11 Responses to One Bayfront Plaza Rising

  1. James Wilkins says:

    I concur. The west side of the building, in particular the pedestal, seems random and overdesigned. In fact they really seem like two different buildings and perhaps should be executed that way. Even if the west tower complied with the design precedents of the east tower, I still don’t see how their is any aesthetic imperative to have them conjoined. Are they really two spearate buildings?


  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m so excited that this building will be taking place. I think they said at the commission meeting that they may cut it down to about 1000ft. because of county codes. This will be the tallest building in the Southern US and if it is the original size not cut will be the 5th tallest in the U.S. that is pretty amazing to have in Miami. This will probably be the largest LEED building in the world, but I’m not so sure about that.


  3. Xavier says:

    You guys are being too picky, but it’s ok. I recognize the design shortcomings. Still, it’s a 1000 footer!!! I’ve been praying for one for years and this one has been in the back burner for some time. I’m shocked at the construction price tag; $1.8 billion. Even for a building of that scale, that’s steep. Approval doesn’t necessarily constitute fruition. Have they secured the funds for construction?


  4. James Wilkins says:

    I get your point X, kind of, but it seems like a 1.8 billion dollar tallest building in the south that will exist for tens of decades is a good time to get picky, to ensure design excellence. No?


  5. Anonymous says:

    You know that last commission meeting was very telling of the city of Miami. You had the Florida East Coast Reality Group presenting, and in the lobby and sitting in the audience dozens of people from the former Umoja Village (shanty) were waiting for their chance to get a word in. The disparity in that room alone was so immense like a microcosm.


  6. Xavier says:

    Yea, now’s the time for constructive criticism, but J I’m rejoicing at the thought of this behemoth gracing the skyline. The front is stunning. the back is probably indicative of the developer cutting costs. Tibor is well known for cutting “construction” corners.


  7. emerillagasse says:

    Let’s Hope Empire World Towers is next.


  8. To avoid Miami 21... says:

    Did you know the parking platform goes to the 17th Floor? Yes, you get to drive in circles up the 17th Floor. If Miami 21 was in effect, this project would have 40% less density.

    Too big and not necessary. It will not get started until 2015 at the earliest. There is already 3.5 Mil sq ft of new office planned. More than any other city in U.S. This project will not be needed for 11 to 18 years…if ever…


  9. Anonymous says:

    Ugh 21 is such a party pooper Booooo


  10. Anonymous says:

    Magic City.


  11. Anonymous says:

    Miami 21 IS having at least *one* beneficial effect for Miami (as opposed to Dade County overall) — it’s driving development like there’s no tomorrow, current market conditions be damned, because developers are desperate to vest their existing rights before it takes effect. It’s not a coincidence that the overwhelming majority of new construction starting right now is located in the City of Miami, particularly along 27th Avenue (the area most likely to have its height dramatically limited).

    It’s not entirely risk free for the City to use the spectre of Miami 21 to keep driving near-term development, though… there’s a major risk that as the Miami 21 deadline looms closer, desperate developers who haven’t actually secured proper construction financing might try to go ahead and build the foundations anyway with their own funds to vest their rights, then leave them that way (with token minor progress being made at the required intervals to keep the permit valid) for years while they try to secure REAL funding so they can actually finish the building… something that becomes infinitely harder to do because banks are *seriously* allergic to financing projects that have already broken ground.


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