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Elkus Manfredi Architects Brings New Urbanism Design Movement to PARAMOUNT Miami Worldcenter

 

“Miami is alive and pulsing today. It’s unbelievable that in the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities, there was vacant land surrounded by an amazing array of cultural assets. If you closed your eyes and tried to imagine all the things that you wished for the center of a city, this has it all,” said Howard Elkus FAIA, Co-Founder and Principal of Elkus Manfredi Architects.

 

 

A pedestrian-oriented environment and a vibrant sense of place are defining principles of the design movement known as New Urbanism. As Miami Worldcenter prepares to break ground, renowned architecture and urban design firm Elkus Manfredi Architects have applied the design imperatives of New Urbanism in an unparalleled fashion at one of the country’s most forward-thinking and largest mixed-use developments in the city’s history.

At the heart of this emerging “city within a city” lies PARAMOUNT Miami Worldcenter, the first and only residential tower currently for sale within the 30-acre Miami Worldcenter site, offering residents a sensational, walkable community as envisioned when the New Urbanism design movement arose in the early 1980’s to cultivate pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods where people could live, work and play.

“Miami is undergoing a cultural renaissance drawing all activity to its urban core, where PARAMOUNT Miami Worldcenter is serving as a catalyst of this ‘New Urbanism’ movement,” said developer Daniel Kodsi. “As a result, buyers will have the opportunity to leave their cars in the garage, which helps the environment, and to enjoy the health benefits of walking to a diverse array of world-class dining, shopping and entertainment establishments right outside of their front doors.”

 

A recipient of the 2009 Urbanism award presented by the Congress for New Urbanism, Elkus Manfredi Architects created a master plan centered on the design movement’s principles that enhance residents’ quality of life.  Highlighted features include:

  • A high density development (a minimum of 13 million square feet) that will create a critical mass in this emerging downtown district that will support transit use and a vibrant 24-hour city.
  • A mix of uses that will include hotel, residential, retail, restaurant, and entertainment to create an environment that will support urban living.
  • An interconnected public realm with two new urban plazas, including a central plaza that will become a civic and cultural hub of the city with flexible space, outdoor dining and public art.
  • A new two-block promenade inspired by Lincoln Road that will offer pedestrians a car-free connection between the American Airlines Arena and the new 1,800-room Marriott Marquis World Convention Center Hotel. This exciting promenade will include outdoor dining, entertainment, shopping, water features, and public art that celebrate the climate and unique culture of Miami.
  • Wide sidewalks – with some as wide as 42' – that will encourage an active street life including strolling, shopping and outdoor dining.
  • A transit-oriented design that incorporates three Metromover stations into the project, offering residents and visitors convenient alternatives to the car.
  • Bike share stations located within the project that will offer convenient alternatives to driving, particularly for short trips within the city.
  • A unique six-acre sky park (the largest in Miami and one of the largest in the country) that will provide unparalleled open space amenities that maximize urban living in the city, complete with soccer fields, tennis courts, swimming pools, a dog park, and more.
  • Tower spacing will allow light and air between buildings and will minimize shadow impacts on the public realm.
  • Overall development will achieve LEED Silver and will be one of the largest green developments in the country.

“Miami is alive and pulsing today. It’s unbelievable that in the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities, there was vacant land surrounded by an amazing array of cultural assets. If you closed your eyes and tried to imagine all the things that you wished for the center of a city, this has it all,” added Howard Elkus FAIA, Co-Founder and Principal of Elkus Manfredi Architects. “The development of these 30 acres brings everything together in one place truly creating a city within a city. It’s an architect’s dream.”

Representing a modern design statement driven by Miami’s distinctive physical context, culture, and architectural heritage, PARAMOUNT Miami Worldcenter will offer a unique pedestrian destination that will serve as a catalyst for future downtown development. With more than $5 billion in recent, current and planned development immediately surrounding the mixed-use site, downtown Miami is poised to become the most vibrant cultural and entertainment destination in South Florida.

When completed in 2018, PARAMOUNT Miami Worldcenter residents will enjoy an unparalleled location just an elevator ride away from the exciting array of retail, restaurants, office space, lush parks, galleries and nightlife planned for the cosmopolitan development.  Residents will be within walking distance of Miami’s waterfront and most celebrated cultural and entertainment landmarks such as the Adrienne Arsht Center, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, and the American Airlines Arena. Also located nearby is the new Marriott Marquis World Convention Center Hotel and All Aboard Florida’s Grand Central Station, which will allow residents direct service to Orlando in three hours, as well as connectivity to the Metro Mover and nearby Miami International Airport.  

Set to break ground in Fall 2015, PARAMOUNT Miami Worldcenter is comprised of over 500 city and bay-view residences. The expansive residences will range in size from 1,180 to 2,300 square feet, with prices averaging $700 per square foot. The project is slated for occupancy in 2018.

For additional information about PARAMOUNT Miami Worldcenter, call (855) 756-0123, see www.PARAMOUNTmiami.com or visit the sales center at 1010 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132.