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SkyRise Miami will be part observation tower, part thrill ride

SkyRise Miami will be part obs...
Once complete, SkyRise Miami will be the tallest tower in Florida (Image: SkyRise Miami)
Once complete, SkyRise Miami will be the tallest tower in Florida (Image: SkyRise Miami)
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Once complete, SkyRise Miami will be the tallest tower in Florida (Image: SkyRise Miami)
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Once complete, SkyRise Miami will be the tallest tower in Florida (Image: SkyRise Miami)
The tower will be located in downtown Miami (Image: SkyRise Miami)
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The tower will be located in downtown Miami (Image: SkyRise Miami)
The estimated cost for the project is US$430 million (Image: SkyRise Miami)
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The estimated cost for the project is US$430 million (Image: SkyRise Miami)
The observation tower will contain a private club, three observation decks, a nightclub and ballroom, and a restaurant (Image: SkyRise Miami)
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The observation tower will contain a private club, three observation decks, a nightclub and ballroom, and a restaurant (Image: SkyRise Miami)
SkyRise Miami is set to be completed by mid-2017 (Image: SkyRise Miami)
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SkyRise Miami is set to be completed by mid-2017 (Image: SkyRise Miami)
The developers say it could create around 17,000 jobs once it's opened (Image: SkyRise Miami)
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The developers say it could create around 17,000 jobs once it's opened (Image: SkyRise Miami)
Once complete, SkyRise Miami will be the tallest tower in Florida (Image: SkyRise Miami)
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Once complete, SkyRise Miami will be the tallest tower in Florida (Image: SkyRise Miami)
For thrill-seekers, the tower features a terrifying-sounding attraction called SkyRise Drop, that's likened to base jumping (Image: SkyRise Miami)
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For thrill-seekers, the tower features a terrifying-sounding attraction called SkyRise Drop, that's likened to base jumping (Image: SkyRise Miami)
The tower will be located in downtown Miami (Image: SkyRise Miami)
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The tower will be located in downtown Miami (Image: SkyRise Miami)
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Following votes of approval from both Miami councilors and members of the public, the city is set to host a new 304 m (1000 ft) high observation tower. According to the developers, SkyRise Miami will be the tallest tower in Florida when completed, and will host attractions and amusements which include bungee jumping, a cinema, and a free-fall ride.

Practical details on the tower are relatively thin on the ground at this point, but the developers of SkyRise Miami say the building will be relatively energy-efficient and that they will be aiming for LEED Gold Certification. It's also claimed that the tower could create up to 17,000 jobs once it's opened.

SkyRise Miami will contain a private club, three observation decks, a nightclub and ballroom, and a restaurant. The tower also features a terrifying-sounding attraction called SkyRise Drop, that's likened to base-jumping with a bungee rope. Should you somehow survive that, there's also a "flying theater" that's similar to Disney's Soaring theater, and a plunging ride that's aimed at recreating the experience of free-falling out of an airplane.

For thrill-seekers, the tower features a terrifying-sounding attraction called SkyRise Drop, that's likened to base jumping (Image: SkyRise Miami)
For thrill-seekers, the tower features a terrifying-sounding attraction called SkyRise Drop, that's likened to base jumping (Image: SkyRise Miami)

"We are projecting 3.2 million visitors a year," says developer Jeff Berkowitz. "It’s going to be iconic. It’s going to be the Miami Eiffel tower. We have very significant public support for it."

The tower will be located in downtown Miami and is estimated to cost US$430 million. Construction is due to begin later this year and completed by mid-2017.

Source: Skyrise Miami

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2 comments
PolishBear
It will be interesting to see how well that structure weathers its first major hurricane.
Anrie de Beer
This building makes no sense. Rising sea levels is not just something that will happen sometime in the future. It is already happening in Miami.