YIMBY spotted new renderings and diagrams from a recent submittal to the Development Review Committee (DRC) for 101 Southeast 7th Street, a new tubular 45-story mixed-use skyscraper proposed south of the New River on a 1.26-acre development site near Southeast 1st Avenue between Southeast 6th Court and Southeast 7th Street in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Designed by ODA Architecture and developed by 116 SE 6th Court Towers LLC, an entity managed by New Jersey-based Levon Capital LLC, the nearly 557-foot-tall structure would contain 572,498 square feet of space, including 630 residential units, 5,682 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, and 713 parking spaces. Witkin Hults + Partners is listed as the landscape architect, and Flynn Engineering is the civil engineer. Toothaker is the land use attorney.
This tower marks the fourth planned project in the Downtown Fort Lauderdale area designed by New York-based ODA Architecture, which is described in the filing for Site Plan Level II Review as a structure composed of “vertically staggered fluted forms, elegantly stepping up and down, creating a dynamic façade from every angle perceived. The projected façade tubes extend vertically up to 40 feet above the roof level to culminate the tower top.” The following quotes are all from the project’s description.
“Along the south-and-west facing elevations façades, the tubular volumes step down, shaping an expressive diagonal cut to the tower massing, forming terraces along the uppermost levels. The faceted projections are strategically carved, creating a series of niches that introduce porosity extending the outdoor space experience while further articulating the façade, a fine motif that alleviates and humanizes the scale of the tower.”
“A similar gesture is translated below, with the podium’s undulating envelope cladded with vertical aluminum fins, breaking down the podium mass and creating a dynamic street frontage with a play in texture and light. The stepped faceted tubes cantilever at different heights, providing continuous shade for pedestrians at the ground floor. The storefront height, between 23’-0” and 64’-0”, creates a welcoming environment focused on the intersection of SE 1st Avenue and SE 7th Street.”
“With its slender fluted modules that rise and fall, creating diagonal sightlines, the project bridges a vibrant pedestrian experience at the street level and a striking presence in the future skyline of Fort Lauderdale.”
The project’s 630 residences would come in a mix of studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom+den, and two-bedroom floor plans ranging from 400 to 1,047 square feet, likely rentals based on the sizing of the units. Outdoor amenities include a massive landscaped terrace with a pool, ample seating, cabanas, and dining and lounging areas. Indoor Amenities include a chef’s kitchen, dining hall, spinning room, lounge, yoga room, and a gym.
Other planned highrises featuring designs from ODA in Fort Lauderdale include a 563-foot-tall development at 633 Southeast 3rd Avenue, a two-towered, nearly 500-foot-tall development named Ombelle at 300 Northeast 3rd Avenue, and another two-towered project of 546 feet at 300 West Broward Boulevard.
The 101 Southeast 7th Street proposal is scheduled for review by Fort Lauderdale’s DRC on November 29, 2022.