Miami-based Swire Properties Inc. (Swire), the U.S. real estate arm of the Hong-Kong listed multinational corporation Swire Group, and New York-based Related Companies (Related), the powerhouse developer behind Hudson Yards in Manhattan, have unveiled their official plans for One Brickell City Centre, an approximately 1,000-foot supertall commercial skyscraper proposed to replace an aging 10-story office building at 700 Brickell Avenue in Brickell, Miami’s Financial District. The project is designed by internationally renowned architecture firm Arquitectonica and is proposed to yield 1.6 million square feet of office space with the largest floor plates in Miami for a Class-A office building. If approved, One Brickell City Centre would become both the tallest and largest commercial building in Florida, representing the second phase of Swire’s 4.9-million-square-foot Brickell City Centre mixed-use complex.
Miami’s office sector has seen exponential growth over the last year or so, so One Brickell City Centre is designed with the modern office in mind, primarily ideal for tenants in financial services and technology spaces. Floor plans are spacious and completely column-free, and tenants would have access to outdoor terraces on every floor. There are numerous indoor and outdoor spaces for meetings and gatherings, state-of-the-art technology features throughout each floor and easy access to Brickell City Centre’s 500,000 square feet of shopping, culinary and entertainment offerings. These type of office spaces are the most desirable in today’s market, and could easily cater to large tenants such as Microsoft or Google, especially since the tech scene has been expanding in Miami, or even Blackrock and J.P. Morgan, considering there is a strong demand for capital investments in the retail and residential markets to cater the steady flows of people relocating to South Florida.
“One Brickell City Centre solidifies Swire Properties Inc. and Related Companies’ belief in the future of the Miami real estate market. This monumental structure, which will be the tallest commercial building in Florida, brings an exceptional level of commercial space that the market has yet to see. As the city continues to evolve to become a global hub of commerce, finance and technology, One Brickell City Centre will play an important role in attracting exceptional companies that want to make Miami their home,” said Kieran Bowers, president of Swire Properties Inc.
A fresh batch of renderings for the current proposal reveals a lot has changed in comparison to the previous iteration of the project from Arquitectonica. The previous design featured a series of metallic horizontal lines, which emphasized the width of the tower, and floor-to-ceiling glass at every level. The new design, however, puts a greater focus on verticality. The tower would be enveloped in a mix of glass and repetitive vertical lines clad in bronze-colored metallic panels. A chamfered edge on the northeast corner of the building opens up a mix of terraces on each level, simultaneously breaking up the bulky massing of the structure. The facade along the northwest and southeast corners of the tower are linear in nature, whereas the northeast corner, and most likely the southwest corner, follow an undulating pattern. The roof parapet is a continuation of the building’s façade, hiding any potentially visible mechanicals or elevator bulkhead from plain sight.
The lower half of the development comprises multiple sections, including one portion on the southern frontage which is contrasted to the rest of the tower. Here we see horizontally-oriented lines of bronze instead. A massive covered terrace surrounds the mezzanine levels, extended to the perimeters of the property. I’ve included a rendering of the previous design for comparisons.
“This is a groundbreaking partnership between Related Companies and Swire that will result in a truly world-class commercial office building in the heart of Miami. The leading companies demand commercial office space that fits their needs with the best finishes, amenities, flexibility, and service – and we’re proud to bring that level of development to Miami. Skyline and neighborhood defining projects are what set our companies apart and together we look forward to delivering the best office building in Miami’s history,” said Stephen M. Ross Chairman and Founder Related Companies.
One Brickell City Centre marks the first time Swire Properties has collaborated with Related Companies, which is led by Stephen M. Ross. Both companies share a vision for creating vibrant neighborhoods that change the urban landscape with innovative developments that positively impact communities for generations to come. Both firms deliver exceptional and purposeful projects with integrity, a keen eye for originality and high-quality design, that also keep the community and stakeholders at the heart of their decisions.
Related Companies has extensive experience in Florida and has redeveloped Downtown West Palm into one of the nation’s fastest growing commercial, retail, culinary, art and tourism destinations. Related Southeast leads the market in Class A office with 360 Rosemary, CityPlace Tower, Esperanté, Phillips Point and the forthcoming 1 Flagler, as well as the celebrated destinations of Rosemary Square, Hilton West Palm Beach, and RH West Palm. Swire Properties Inc. has spearheaded the transformation of Miami as well as Brickell’s history and skyline by instilling its core values of quality and sustainability to each of its developments which includes Brickell City Centre, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, East Miami hotel and restaurants, as well as the entire island community Brickell Key.
If Swire and Related can successfully fill up the office spaces at One Brickell City Centre, it can lead to an even greater boost in demand for more office modern office towers, experiential retail venues, and large scale residential developments for Miami and the surrounding cities.
The developers reapplied for building permits with the Federal Aviation Administration for One Brickell City Centre back in March 2022, which calls for a structure topping off at 1,049-feet above sea level. We don’t know the exact floor count, but previous proposals spanned 80 floors.
According to a press release provided to YIMBY from the developer’s representative, construction for One Brickell City Centre is slated to begin in 2023. The supertall tower will soar above Brickell Avenue and provide 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean, Miami River, and Downtown Miami.