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Miami Skyscraper Would Dwarf Dubai's Burj Khalifa


Developer Guillermo Socarras has been in talks with the Federal Aviation Administration to secure approval for the height of the tower in this superstructure proposed for Miami, called Miapolis:

"The 160 storey building would be more than 183 metres higher than the Burj Khalifa if built and would house an amusement park, observatory, restaurants, 1.96 million sq ft of shops, over 1000 apartments, 1 million sq ft office space and a 792 room hotel."

The project has been around for 10 years but the FAA movement is new, apparently.

Check out the planned location, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. a) The last thing Miami needs now or in the foreseeable future is more space -- whether residential or commercial.

    b) It's hideous.

    Posted by: GM | Jan 21, 2010 9:34:35 AM

  2. ridiculous concept.

    Posted by: casey | Jan 21, 2010 9:36:41 AM

  3. What a blight.

    Posted by: sam | Jan 21, 2010 9:53:17 AM

  4. this is a joke, right?

    Posted by: LP | Jan 21, 2010 9:56:39 AM

  5. Hurricane anyone?

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Jan 21, 2010 9:59:56 AM

  6. not very far from quake shaken Haiti as well. How do you build such a thing on a sand bar?

    Posted by: richard s | Jan 21, 2010 10:03:34 AM

  7. Not only is it ugly but it's unnecessary. Doesn't Miami have the problem off too much vacant construction as it is?

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Jan 21, 2010 10:05:42 AM

  8. this thing looks like some tortured gentialia throw out in a harbor. That is just awful out of scale and inflating some Ego of a developer...the architect should be ashamed

    Posted by: c | Jan 21, 2010 10:13:10 AM

  9. I was also thinking along the lines of how much abandoned and foreclosed property is already down there? Who are they catering to? Unless, of course, the backers are coming from Dubai and the UAE.

    Posted by: Rad | Jan 21, 2010 10:16:47 AM

  10. I live in Miami, and I think this would be AMAZING.. I think it would jump start the miami economy, plus it would be nice to get the tallest building crown back to the US

    Posted by: Alfie B | Jan 21, 2010 10:17:58 AM

  11. Arriba Miami!!! Well, literally....

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Jan 21, 2010 10:22:04 AM

  12. Ridiculous on soooo many levels: Miami doesn't have the economic base to fill this kind of building, it doesn't have the commercial infrastructure to support it, it's in a hurricane zone, the other tall buildings in town all have occupancy issues....someone was drinking too many cuba libres when they thought this one up.

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 21, 2010 10:29:33 AM

  13. WHAT!?!?! Where would Parrot Jungle go?? That would totally ruin my view!!

    Posted by: miami_me | Jan 21, 2010 10:56:40 AM

  14. I saw a presentation on the current state of the Miami Condo market and they have 120 months of inventory of over $1million condos. This will not happen for a long time; there is no way financiers would invest in something so asinine right now.

    Secondly, the hurricane issue must be relevant as well, although NY has been and probably will be hit by a cat 4 hurricane or bigger again, so I guess these buildings are built to withstand them.

    A friend of mine was at a party at the 30 or 40 story condo on the port during Wilma and people were getting motion sickness and puking at the bar on the upper floors. That is a fraction of this monstrosity.

    Posted by: Jason | Jan 21, 2010 10:56:55 AM

  15. It's a pretty ugly and threatening-looking building. And the computer rendering is shockingly bad. The artist could have done a better job of making the building look real.

    I can see the argument for it having a kick-start effect on the economy, but the Burj Khalifa hasn't exactly saved Dubai from going down the pan economically. I imagine that Miami would be pretty upset to be forced to rename it the Ft. Lauderdale Tower just before opening.

    Posted by: Greg | Jan 21, 2010 11:01:17 AM

  16. It looks Cardassian.... oh God, I'm such a geek!

    Posted by: Greg | Jan 21, 2010 11:04:23 AM

  17. It looks like a giant speculum.

    Posted by: Christopher | Jan 21, 2010 11:04:33 AM

  18. uhibbu alburja khalifati!

    Posted by: Ryan | Jan 21, 2010 11:55:56 AM

  19. FIrst thing that popped in my head... a Gigantic, Pointy, Square Penis.

    Posted by: Nat | Jan 21, 2010 12:06:36 PM

  20. cock and balls

    Posted by: anon | Jan 21, 2010 12:55:33 PM

  21. Finally, a place for Sauron's Eye to rest stateside. Barad-Dur meets South Beach. Gay orcs and uruk-kai?

    Posted by: Travis | Jan 21, 2010 1:03:40 PM

  22. Oh good, more property to sit empty.

    Posted by: Shane | Jan 21, 2010 1:33:49 PM

  23. Another useless building, unless you are a base jumper and those will be the only people attracted to it (must admit that seeing those people jump off the Burj Khalifa building was quiet spectacular).

    Posted by: Paul B. | Jan 21, 2010 1:46:28 PM

  24. That is the ugliest looking structure/building I have EVER seen...even worse than our eyesore, the CN Tower!

    Posted by: excy | Jan 21, 2010 2:13:31 PM

  25. It's not as much ugly as it is dull. I can't imagine how that building would handle a category 4 or 5 hurricane.

    It's unnecessary.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 21, 2010 3:10:52 PM

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