Miami’s Urban Development Review Board has recently approved plans for a 78-story rental tower in downtown Miami that would bring 482 units to the heart of the city. The project, Liquid Lofts, was created by architect Charles Sieger, and at 866 feet, will be the tallest residential high-rise in the city, according to a recent article from the Daily Business Review. The plans were approved for the slim, white tower with three red horizontal stripes with all six board members unanimously in agreeance, and the tower has already received height approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Liquid Lofts will be located at 35 SW First St, just southeast from the Dade County Courthouse, replacing the existing parking garage at that location. The plans also call for a “Times Square-like jumbotron” on the bottom part of the tower to display moving aquatic images “that reflects Miami’s ambiance.”
“I got the idea from one of my employee’s screensavers,” Sieger said. “There was a fish tank on his computer. I said ‘It’d be interesting to take that fish-tank concept, where the fish are actually moving around and it looks real –rather surreal– and do something more than a screensaver.’”
The original plan was for a condo tower, but after reviewing the current real estate climate, the firm felt rentals were more suitable for the site.
In addition to the jumbotron, the project will feature a covered rooftop pool and units with an average size of 900 square feet. What will not be included are balconies, helping the developers save about 10% off the cost of the building frame.
“We feel that this place will fill instantly with people who are tired of driving from Kendall to work,” Sieger added.
Other notable projects from the Sieger Suarez firm include the Porsche Design Tower, BrickellHouse and Centro.
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