BIG unveils stilt-supported Miami megaproject

World-famous Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels is behind the design of a newly revealed proposal calling for a massive, stilt-supported development in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood. Dubbed ‘Miami Produce Center,’ the project comprises eight interconnected rectangular buildings rising near the intersection of 12th Avenue and 21st Street.

First reported by The Real Deal, the plan comes from local developer Robert Wennett—arguably best known for building the city’s iconic Herzog & de Meuron-designed parking garage at 1111 Lincoln.

According to a special area plan Wennett filed with the city, the Miami Produce Center will top out at 19 stories. If zoning is approved, the megadevelopment will deliver a proposed 1,200 residential units, 231,000 square feet of office space, 114,000 square feet of hotel, 75,000 square feet of retail, a 76,000-square-foot school, and garage parking for 1,149 cars.

The project would occupy an eight-acre parcel surrounded by mostly industrial developments and existing produce wholesalers. The developer purchased the Allapattah site in 2016 for $16 million under the legal entity Miami Produce Center LLC.

Ingels’s architecture firm, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), was also responsible for a twisting twin-tower condo development in Coconut Grove. Known as Grove at Grand Bay, that project was completed in 2016.

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