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BIG raises mixed-use Miami development up on stilts

BIG raises mixed-use Miami dev...
Gardens in the sky: BIG's Miami Produce will include rooftop gardens offering choice views of Miami
Gardens in the sky: BIG's Miami Produce will include rooftop gardens offering choice views of Miami
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Miami Produce is slated for the district of Allapattah in Miami
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Miami Produce is slated for the district of Allapattah in Miami
"Miami Produce creates a new destination for the city while retaining the neighborhood’s industrial character," says BIG
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"Miami Produce creates a new destination for the city while retaining the neighborhood’s industrial character," says BIG
"The architecture is conceived as a three-dimensional urban framework, designed with large industrial-sized floor plates to provide maximum programmatic flexibility," adds BIG
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"The architecture is conceived as a three-dimensional urban framework, designed with large industrial-sized floor plates to provide maximum programmatic flexibility," adds BIG
Miami Produce will include gardens, restaurants, retail, offices, apartments, and educational spaces
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Miami Produce will include gardens, restaurants, retail, offices, apartments, and educational spaces
Miami Produce will be centered around eight new buildings raised on stilts 
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Miami Produce will be centered around eight new buildings raised on stilts 
Miami Produce will measure 125,000 sq m (around 1.3 million sq ft)
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Miami Produce will measure 125,000 sq m (around 1.3 million sq ft)
Miami Produce will include underground parking
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Miami Produce will include underground parking
Gardens in the sky: BIG's Miami Produce will include rooftop gardens offering choice views of Miami
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Gardens in the sky: BIG's Miami Produce will include rooftop gardens offering choice views of Miami
Renders also depict Miami Produce's underground car park being used as some kind of meeting place or nightclub venue
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Renders also depict Miami Produce's underground car park being used as some kind of meeting place or nightclub venue
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High-profile architecture firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) recently unveiled an interesting-looking new mixed-use development for Miami, Florida. While details are still rather thin on the ground at this early stage, if it does go ahead, Miami Produce will be elevated on stilts and topped by garden spaces.

Slated for the Allapattah district, Miami Produce will take up an area of 125,000 sq m (around 1.3 million sq ft) and be defined by eight stilted buildings comprising residential, office, and hotel space. They will be topped by rooftop gardens open to the public that offer choice views of the surrounding area and, according to the firm, provide "a variety of elevated recreational environments."

Miami Produce will include gardens, restaurants, retail, offices, apartments, and educational spaces
Miami Produce will include gardens, restaurants, retail, offices, apartments, and educational spaces

Three existing warehouses on the site will be retained and renovated. These will be used as restaurants, cafes, retail space, and a school. Elsewhere, the site will include garden areas, urban farming, and underground parking. Renders also depict the underground car park being used as some kind of meeting place or nightclub venue.

"Located in the center of the industrial district of Allapattah, Miami Produce creates a new destination for the city while retaining the neighborhood's industrial character," says BIG. "The architecture is conceived as a three-dimensional urban framework, designed with large industrial-sized floor plates to provide maximum programmatic flexibility."

BIG has been remarkably busy over the past few months and has revealed several fascinating projects in quick succession, including XI, A45, the Lanescraper, and the Shenzhen Energy Mansion.

There's no word yet as to how likely it is that Miami Produce will actually be constructed, but we'll keep you posted.

Source: BIG

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3 comments
Wolf0579
This will be about the only way coastal cities will remain viable, put everything up on stilts to keep feet dry. Cue global warming deniers.
fb36
Buildings like these on a land of hurricanes?
Mivoyses
fb36 had it correct. I live in Florida, Matthew, Irma, both devastated the coastal area. I remember Andrew, was a cop at the time and we were sent down to assist. Concrete block homes and commercial buildings "with rebar" were leveled flat. Something this size? On stilts? with hurricane force winds? I don't want to be near it. Nice pictures, bad idea.