Art and Design Take Center Stage in Downtown Miami

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Successful design is not necessarily a matter of taste, but rather the essence of timing. As Anna Wintour once explained: It’s all about timing. If it’s too soon, no one understands. If it’s too late, everyone’s forgotten.

The same rings true for innovation in building design, and specifically New Urbanism, an architectural movement that exemplifies sustainability and coexistence. This eclectic development style emphasizes walkability, connectivity and diversity.

In New Urban design, mixed-use properties diverge from a discernible community center. Schools, businesses, shops, restaurants and public transit stations are all designed to exist within walking distance of the community’s varied residential sectors, which include pockets of upscale condominiums amid affordable metropolitan living.

Miami  Worldcenter
Downtown Miami is a distinguished destination that serves as a nucleus for arts, culture and all things entertainment. With celebrated attractions like the Adrienne Arsht Center, Pérez Art Museum Miami and American Airlines Arena, the hub is truly unlike any other town center of its kind.

In the heart of the district sits 30 acres slated for a New Urban project called Miami Worldcenter, one of the country’s largest private real estate developments currently underway.

PARAMOUNT, the first and only residential tower for sale in the 10-block Miami Worldcenter project, is a 500-unit high-rise that will sit atop the mixed-use site, set to feature urban living at its finest: 1 million square feet of retail space, an 1800-room Marriott Marquis and more than four acres of open land. Expansive walkways will be showcased throughout, connecting residents and visitors with a sprawling array of endless entertainment, shopping, outdoor dining and more.

PARAMOUNT houses the traditional amenities of luxury living, including bay and city views, modern outdoor vistas and easy access to Miami’s Metromover, along with the unexpected, like a boxing studio, yoga deck, recording studio and private elevators.

This development is scheduled for completion in 2018. Units will be 1,180 to 2,300 square feet, with prices averaging $700 per square foot.

Brickell City Centre
Two miles south of the Miami Worldcenter project site is Swire Properties’ forthcoming 5.4-million-square-foot Brickell City Centre. Developed by the same firm that master-planned South Florida’s $1 billion Brickell Key, Brickell City Centre’s first phase includes 500,000 square feet of luxury and premium retail and restaurant space, two residential towers with 780 condominiums, a 263-room hotel with 89 serviced residences, and two office towers.

The retail sector will be anchored by luxury giant Saks Fifth Avenue, which will have street-level access and occupy three floors of the shopping center. The rest of the retail complex will feature a varied mix of contemporary shops and premium vendors including Lululemon, Harmont & Blaine, Cole Haan, Coach, Stuart Weitzman, Acqua di Parma, La Perla and Porsche Design, among others. Restaurants will also be a principal draw to the expansive center, with culinary occupants set to include Miami Beach’s Pubbelly Sushi and popular coffeehouse Pasion del Cielo.

Swire’s EAST, Miami hotel will also be a primary attraction. Designed by New York design firm Clodagh Design, EAST, Miami will feature two restaurants, a rooftop bar and meeting space as well as spa treatment rooms and a fitness center. International law firm Ackerman has also signed on as a Brickell City Centre tenant, leasing 80 percent of one of the site’s two office buildings.

In true New Urban style, Swire has also incorporated sustainable elements into the complex’s design, including the $30 million CLIMATE RIBBON, an eco-friendly architectural feature that is equal parts art and science. Positioned overhead, CLIMATE RIBBON is a steel, glass and fabric trellis that spans three city blocks, allowing visitors to experience open air and natural light while also protecting them from weather, regulating air flow and temperature by capturing nearby sea breezes and collecting rainwater for reuse.

The completion for Phase 1 began, in phases, at the end of 2015 and will continue through early 2016. The retail sector set to open fall 2016.

As sustainable building projects like Miami Worldcenter and Brickell City Centre come into sharp focus, innovative movements like New Urbanism are coming of age in South Florida. And a nod to Ms. Wintour’s sentiments, timing couldn’t be better.

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