Downtown Miami

TBT - A Closer Look At Sou Fujimoto's Palm Court In The Design District

Palm Court Under Construction In The Design District

Palm Court Under Construction In The Design District

TBT (August 19, 2014) - Palm Court was still under construction in the transforming Design District before eventually opening in December 2014. The Design District eventually expanded to include Paradise Plaza, which opened in May 2018.

Since we last looked at the Design District expansion, the area has progressed rapidly, especially Palm Court.

Part of the new development in the Design District is the addition of the Paseo Ponti walkway which will connect all the retail and restaurants between 38th St. to 42nd St. At the southern most tip of the Paseo Ponti walkway is the Palm Court. 

Palm Court will be a mixed used retail area that is highlighted by a two floor glass structure designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. The blue glass structure was inspired by waterfalls and Miami's rain. The glass fins will go from the rooftop all the way down to the courtyard floor and is visually stunning to look at. 

Along the the glass "waterfall," the centerpiece of Palm Court will be Buckminster Fuller's 24 foot "Fly's Eye Dome." The glass dome will sit atop a round opening that will lead people to the underground parking below all the retail shops.

On the second level of Palm Court will be a 5,000 square foot event space designed by Aranda/Lasch that will have folding hardwood doors to create an indoor/outdoor environment. 

Palm Court is expected to be completed by the end of 2014/early 2015.

176 Foot Ferris Wheel Approved For Miami's Bayfront Park

Bayside Ferris Wheel

A 176 foot ferris wheel has been approved by the Miami Planning and Zoning Board to be located Bayfront Park.

The ferris wheel would be near SkyRise Miami and feature LED lights on the outside of the wheel. It would also have 42 enclosed pods for a ride that would take 15 minutes.

A 650 foot ferris wheel that would cost $350 million was also proposed back in December 2014.

The plan is the have the ferris wheel operating before the Super Bowl February 2020.

Crane Installed At 43 Story Luma Miami Worldcenter

Luma Miami Worldcenter

Luma Miami Worldcenter

After starting construction in May, a crane has been installed at the 43 story tower site Luma Miami Worldcenter.

Luma Miami Worldcenter is being developed by ZOM Living and Moinian Group and designed by Stantec.

The rental building will have 434 units.

Luma is located next to Caoba, which was completed in January and across from the recently completed Paramount Miami Worldcenter.

Paramount Miami Worldcenter Receives TCO - Now Completed

Paramount Miami Worldcenter

Paramount Miami Worldcenter

The 60 story Paramount Miami Worldcenter in Downtown Miami has received its temporary certificate of occupancy and is now completed, according to The Real Deal.

Construction on Paramount Miami Worldcenter started to go vertical November 2016 before topping off in August 2018.

With 569 residential units, Paramount Miami Worldcenter is 90% sold.

The rental tower Caoba Miami Worldcenter was the building to be completed, in January of this year, as part of the 27 acre Miami Worldcenter complex.

Previous construction photos of Paramount Miami Worldcenter can be viewed here.

TBT - Aerial Over the Old Miami Herald Building (Video)

Miami Herald Building Off Of Biscayne Bay

Miami Herald Building Off Of Biscayne Bay

TBT (July 22, 2014) - 5 years ago demolition began on the old Miami Herald building next to Biscayne Bay.

Built in 1963, the building was finally demolished in March 2015.

After starting demolition on the Miami Herald building in late April 2014, Genting has been slow to demolish the building. 

Genting had plans to build a mega resort on the site, with casinos, hotels, condo and retail, but have not been able to get state approval for a casino.

Below is a video of the Miami Herald Building.

Paramount Miami Worldcenter Nearing Completion - Photos & Video

Paramount Miami Worldcenter

Paramount Miami Worldcenter

The 60 story Paramount Miami Worldcenter in Downtown Miami is nearing completion as the final push until opening is being done.

The luxury pool deck is close to be finished as the pool is filled with water and cabanas are built. Paramount Miami Worldcenter will have 513 residential units.

A year ago, the building was on the 54th floor and close to top off. Construction started going vertical November 2017.

This is what the 27 acre Miami Worldcenter looked liked over 3 years ago.

Previous construction photos of Paramount Miami Worldcenter can be viewed here.

Paramount Miami Worldcenter Video 4K - July 2019

One Thousand Museum Receives TCO

One Thousand Museum

One Thousand Museum

One Thousand Museum has officially received TCO (Temporary Certificate of Occupancy) and closings are now underway.

The Zaha Hadid Designed tower topped off last year in February 2018 at 709 feet and both cranes were removed November 2018. Construction started going vertical at the end of 2016.

Previous construction photos of One Thousand Museum can be viewed here.