Tulip Shaped Tower To Be Built In Miami

Tulip Shaped Tower To Be Built In Miami

In downtown Miami, a developer from Istanbul is gearing up to break ground on the, a 70-story, 271-meter-tall tower that may become one of the state of Florida’s tallest buildings.

Billionaire businessman Bekir Okan envisions a mixed-use high-rise whose residents and visitors can swim in a pool on the 70th floor, relax in a Turkish bath, and stay overnight in a Hilton-branded hotel. Located at 555 North Miami Ave., west of Biscayne Boulevard and northwest of Miami-Dade College, the project carries a $300 million price tag — fully financed by Okan himself, his company says.

The project is designed to contain 153 residential condo units, 236 condo-hotel units, a 294-room full-service hotel and 8,361 square meters of office and meeting room space. The 66th floor will be devoted to a restaurant.

In a nod to Miami’s reputation as a place for experimental architectural design, the building’s silhouette will take the shape of a tulip, the national flower of Turkey. The proposed structure would rise slightly north of the main federal courthouse — which takes the shape of a cruise ship. The building would slightly edge out the recently opened on Brickell Avenue in Miami, which rises to an architectural height of 252 meters and an unofficial tip height including the antennas of 262 meters. That building eclipsed the nearby, which stands at 240 meters.

The developer is in the process of selecting a general contractor and negotiating a franchise agreement with Hilton. The project is expected to break ground in the late fall of 2018, with aims to complete in 2022.