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Old September 19th, 2011, 07:52 PM   #1
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MIAMI | Resorts World Miami | 196m x 3 | 649ft x 3 | 65 fl x 3 | Demo


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Genting resort

Futuristic Miami resort is ‘different from anything we’ve done before’

The gambling resort that would replace the Miami Herald building would have a futuristic design and include a casino and shopping mall.

BY ANDRES VIGLUCCI

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The extravagant design proposal for the mammoth Miami gambling resort that would replace the soon-to-be-departed Miami Herald building on Biscayne Bay is inspired by a coral reef, its architect says.

If so, call it Sponge Bob Meets the Jetsons.

The proposed Malaysian-owned Genting resort would cover more than 10 acres with a futuristic, eight-story platform of undulating concrete and glass containing dozens of shops, restaurants, a colossal gambling floor and extensive kitchens. Atop it would sit an artificial outdoor lagoon and sand beach that starts near Biscayne Boulevard, spans North Bayshore Drive and ends in an infinity edge overlooking the bay.

At each of four corners, overlooking the lagoon, would stand 65-story hotel towers whose irregular, biomorphic shapes are taken from coral formations and the sea life that inhabits them. Nowhere is there a straight line or sharp corner, except for the legally protected, historic Art Deco Boulevard Shops on Biscayne, which would be renovated and stand alone.

“It took all of two meetings to decide on this,’’ said Genting Group Chairman and Chief Executive KT Lim. “The more we look at it, the more we like it. It will be the face of Miami.’’ Lim said his group was looking for an “iconic design’’ that would lure visitors to Miami. “We feel it could be a transformational thing.’’

That’s exactly the message architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia wants to send.

Fort-Brescia is a principal with Miami-based Arquitectonica, which designed the master plan and every structure that would sit on the site. The globe-spanning firm is responsible for numerous iconic buildings in its hometown, including American Airlines Arena and Atlantis, the 1980s Brickell condo with the hole and the palm tree in the middle.

“It’s very different from anything we’ve done before,’’ said Fort-Brescia, an enthusiastic scuba diver. “In fact, it’s very different from anything else in Miami. It’s very soft and organic.” Genting wanted open space and a resort feeling on the 14-acre site, he said. “It’s an unusually large site. So we had the space and the freedom to be very sculptural.’’

And that’s just the main piece of the project, which also comprises a second, connected component behind the Boulevard Shops as well as a possible mega-yacht marina on the bay.

The hyper-ambitious plan, if approved by the city of Miami, would represent an exponential leap for development in South Florida in terms of scope, complexity and sheer spectacle. It would import a type of massively scaled, mixed-use multi-block project common in Asian mega-cities like Hong Kong and Singapore but heretofore unseen in America outside of New York City.

And though it would not be the first such prototype in Miami — that honor belongs to Arquitectonica’s recently approved plan for a mixed-use megacomplex for Hong Kong-based developer Swire Properties on 10 acres west of Brickell Avenue — Genting’s seems even more audacious.

In addition to the main resort, casino and shopping mall, two residential towers would rise behind the Boulevard Shops. Those towers would be joined to the rest of the resort by a continuation of the elevated platform and lagoon that would narrow and vault over North Bay- shore Drive. That western portion of the project would also contain a two-story conference center.

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Old September 19th, 2011, 07:59 PM   #3
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Awesome project.

One thing: The city name needs to be in capital letters, and the ''ft'' needs to be attached to the number/amount. Fixed it for ya.

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Old September 19th, 2011, 08:01 PM   #4
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Old September 19th, 2011, 08:11 PM   #5
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Interesting idea. Is there a market for such a huge project?
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Is gambling legal in Miami? I had no idea.

This looks ok. More Singapore than Miami, if you know what I mean.

It would like 100x better without the base/shared podium (in my opinion).

Still exciting news, though.
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Old September 19th, 2011, 09:34 PM   #7
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It's still just a proposal and not a project, I'd be fairly surprised if this breaks ground.

Dont wanna be a partypooper though. It really looks amazing and would surely "redefine Miami's skyline" as they said. I'd easily visit Miami just because of this.
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Old September 19th, 2011, 10:16 PM   #8
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I did not like!
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So you DO like it now? ;-)
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Design reminds me of coral.
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Interesting idea. Is there a market for such a huge project?
Increasingly, yes. Brazilians have flooded into Miami snatching up apartments and tightening the market. What was thought to be a decade's long glut now appears like a 3 year oversupply and that has developers dusting off old plans and creating new concepts like this one. The buildout for this may take some years but Genting is firmly committed to a start in the next 2-3 years, sooner if a referendum on casino gambling for Miami passes in Florida.
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I'm all for it.

Wish there was a supertall element though.
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There's growing hope that the 1,050 ft. One Bayfront Tower will get off the ground in the next few years.
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Love the resort world miami.
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Interesting idea. Is there a market for such a huge project?
If anywhere in the US were to have such an ostentatious project like this one, it should be here. Miami has more potential than a place like Vegas, IMO due to location.

It has the beach next door, the climate, the atmosphere. Miami is the gateway city to the US from Latin America and as countries like Brazil and Columbia, etc grow in wealth, it surely will get even stronger interest and investment.
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epic, reminds me of the fake hills project in china
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Design reminds me of coral.
That is the whole idea! It is supposed to mimic a giant coral reef. Thanks for posthig this here DP. I hadn't thought of it.
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It's still just a proposal and not a project, I'd be fairly surprised if this breaks ground.

Dont wanna be a partypooper though. It really looks amazing and would surely "redefine Miami's skyline" as they said. I'd easily visit Miami just because of this.
This project has a very powerful development company behind it, and this is as close to a sure shot as it gets!
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