America again aims for world's tallest tower
Miapolis would rise above Dubai's recently opened Burj Khalifa with a height of 3,200 feet.
Maybe you won't have to move to Dubai to live in the world's tallest tower after all.
You might have to be a little patient, though, if you'd prefer to live on Miami's Watson Island in one of the 1,000-plus condos planned for the proposed 3,200-foot-high Miapolis.
So far, the 160-story "city within a city" has been in the works for a decade, but according to World Architecture News, the project finally is making some headway on one of its first necessary steps: getting Federal Aviation Administration approval to build a tower that tall.
However, even if the developer gets the FAA's green light, the next step might not be so easy in foreclosure-laden Miami. The project needs oodles of financing that simply might not be around, despite the clever wording of the business plan that labels the project a "business venture" rather than a "real-estate project."
The Web site also has high hopes for the project's impact on the community, saying it will create 35,000 permanent jobs and inject $2.5 billion into the local economy every year. The building phase would be a boon to the local economy, too, creating an additional 42,000 construction jobs, it says.
Under its current plans, the development really would have it all. Stroll down the hall to one of the restaurants or visit the rotating sky lounge; treat your kids to a visit at the in-house amusement park; go to the opera or a play; or attend a meeting at the trade center. There also would be a 300-slip marina, pools, an observatory, 1.96 million square feet of shops and 1 million square feet of office space.
A city within a city indeed.
Not sure if you want to buy? Just visit. Plans also include a 792-room hotel, not to mention a catering service.
And on top of it all, the structure is aiming for LEED certification, in contrast to Dubai's 2,717-foot-high Burj Khalifa, which Inhabitat says has an "elephantine carbon footprint."
The Web site says Miapolis will be on the "cutting edge of sustainable design," using wind energy for 60% of its needs, and keeping it cool with a modular green roof.
Would you want to live in a behemoth like Miapolis? Would you even want to visit?
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.