Miami ‘innovation district’ will have 6.5 million sf of dense, walkable space

Designing a neighborhood from the ground-up, developers aim to create a dense, walkable district that fulfills what is lacking from Miami’s current auto-dependent layout.

May 05, 2015 |
Miami ‘Innovation District’ will have 6.5 million-sf dense, walkable space

Designers say the tower is inspired by things associated with Miami: fashion, sculpture, and sailboats. Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects

Miami developer Michael Simkins wants to create a space that will attract great talent to the city’s up-and-coming tech scene by providing amenities that, as The Next Miami puts it, “surpasses anything that currently exists in Miami.”

Hence, the developer has proposed a new mixed-used district and commissioned SHoP Architects and West 8 to design an environment with infrastructure for future growth of creative technology industries. 

Designing a neighborhood from the ground-up, developers aim to create a dense, walkable district that fulfills what is lacking from Miami’s current auto-dependent layout. The district will spread over ten acres on four blocks, and will include:

  • 3,850,000 sf office space
  • 2,400,000 sf residential space
  • 250,000 sf retail
  • 2,500 parking spaces

Renderings released by the design firm feature the Miami Innovation Tower, which the developers described in a statement as “a civic-minded icon for the digital age,” with designed inspired by things associated with Miami—“contemporary sculpture and fashion to the taught, wing-like graphics covered sails of modern racing sailboats.”

The project’s approval is expected later this year.

 

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