A model for mixed-use in Miami

samy mansour
11 Jun 2008

Dramatic and vibrant addition to Miami’s skyline

Striking in its formal imagery, KPF's Espirito Santo Plaza provides a model for mixed-use, high-rise development with a variety of amenities. The tower is arranged with offices and retail at the lower level, residential above, and a hotel at the highest level.

The building makes a strong urban statement to the street; its concave western façade embraces a new landscaped forecourt with a reflecting pool and forms a 30-storey arch which gives the development its distinctive character.

To effectively address building user groups, two distinct entry sequences were developed. At the ground floor level, a main lobby fronting Bickell Avenue serves as the primary point of entry for the office and retail components.

To the rear of the tower, an entrance one storey above grade serves the hotel guests and residents. A large glass-bottom pool allows sunlight to filter down to the vehicular drop-off at grade. Express lifts lead to an eleven-storey sky lobby rising from the 25th floor. This lobby acts as a unifying element, welcoming the occupants and offering dramatic views of Biscayne Bay.

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