Miami's Urban Development Review Board will meet tomorrow to vote on updated designs for the Chetrit Group and JDS Development Group's massive Miami River development, which is still going by the hyper-generic working title 'Miami Riverwalk', or something. The Next Miami took some cellphone snaps of new renderings, to go with their announcement the interiors are being done by none other than Roman & Williams, known for their fantastical interiors. If everything is approved as proposed, the 4-million square foot project will have four sixty-story towers, 1,678 residential units, 330 hotel rooms, 176,350-square-feet of commercial space, and 66,000 square feet of offices. That's a lot of steampunk.
Although the behemoth is being designed by Kobi Karp, he's the least interesting designer on the project (Sorry Kobi). The landscaping is being done by Raymond Jungles, whose Miami River office is on the site now and will obviously have to move. So, he knows the site. He's very good, his work is a bit theatrical itself, and hiring him does seem like the right thing to do. It'll work well with Roman & Williams' aesthetic which, ok, probably won't be steampunk here. Sure, that's their look, but as designers they're too good to be that self-indulgent.
· 4 Million SQFT Miami River Megaproject Set for Review Board [Next Miami]
· Miami Riverwalk coverage [Curbed Miami]