Miami’s new observation tower could come with rides

The developers of Florida’s answer to the Eiffel Tower promise fairground-style amusements as well as views
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SkyRise Miami
SkyRise Miami

Give thanks, thrill seekers: approval has just been granted for a lofty new tower that could delight both open-minded architects and adrenalin sports fans. The ambitious scheme’s developer, Jeff Berkowitz, claims that “it’s going to be Miami’s Eiffel Tower," and he has put $30m of his own money into the $430m project.

SkyRise Miami is a 305m-high tower combining a host of entertainment activities. As well as three observation decks with panoramic views of Miami “from South Beach to the Everglades”, says the developer, it will house a restaurant, nightclub, ballroom, meeting room and – slightly more alarming ‘SkyHigh Club’; we don’t remember seeing that in Gustave Eiffel’s Parisian plans.

 

SkyRise Miami
SkyRise Miami

Despite its slender proportions, its architects – the respectable local firm Arquitectonica – say that will be able to withstand hurricane-force winds. But the building’s best draws are likely be the two stomach-churning rides. Yes, this Florida take on an observation tower also includes a fairground element. There’s the SkyPlunge, where thrill-seekers plummet 50 floors wearing a harness and then experience "extremely rapid deceleration”; and the SkyRise Drop, where they can base-jump off the building, strapped onto a “high-speed controlled-descent wire”.

“Miami is probably one of the most exciting places on Earth,” says Berkowitz of his choice of location. “Miami is a world-class city. And I think an iconic structure downtown will firmly cement Miami on the global stage.” Despite some concerns put forward by a locals, construction will start soon and the attraction – the developers hope - will 3.2m visitors a year in 2017.

 

How SkyRise Miami sizes up alongside other towers
How SkyRise Miami sizes up alongside other towers

Yet detractors have expressed doubts over the tower and its proposed figures; after all, The Empire State Building attracts 4m visitors annually. Despite its height, would SkyRise Miami really on a level? Perhaps. Find out more about the scheme here, and for greater insight into the way we build today sign up for a trial of The Phaidon Atlas, our peerless architectural resource.


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