Gallery: Miapolis LEED Eco-City Could Be Next World’s Tallest Building

A rendered view of the Miapolis in Miami.
A rendered view of the Miapolis in Miami.

Designed to be built on Watson Island, Miapolis would measure about 183 meters higher than the Burj Khalifa. The staggering 160-floor eco-city would contain a bevy of entertainment and residential spaces within including an amusement park, observatory, restaurants, approximately 2 million sq ft of shops, more than 1000 apartments, 1 million sq ft of office space and a 792 room hotel.

In addition to LEED certification, Miapolis’ eco-factors include the use of 60% wind energy, a modular green roof, greenhouse gas management, water desalinization, storm and wastewater management, solid waste management, electric trolleys, carbon emissions offsets, and carbon sequestration. The city also hopes that the new development will revitalize downtown Miami and create 46,000 construction and 35,000 permanent jobs for locals.

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  1. Erik van Lennep October 5, 2010 at 4:27 am


  2. elecsys March 4, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    You guys must really be excited, somebody’s gotta do it!
    How was this site selected? Is there not a tremendous risk of “aquatic” environmental impact during construction and during occupancy?
    How do you mitigate LEED requirements for Water Efficiency and Storm water runoff?
    Will this building have its own wind power plant?
    Where does all the stuff go after its used up (not into the ocean, I hope)?
    Is not the sewer system in Dade over capacity?

  3. equinoxes March 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Check that. This actually looks like some flash money boys’ scheme to ring some green from the greedy fingers of the short-sighted and the downright stupid.

  4. Yuka Yoneda March 2, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Hi bpg131313,

    I understand your concerns – especially considering where the building is to be located. Here is more information on their evacuation plan.

    It seems like they did put thought into it, but the height of the building is still a major factor which could be scaled back as a preventative measure.

    Thanks for your comment!


  5. bpg131313 March 1, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I’d love to hear the designing engineer go on the record stating that this building (and its occupants) could survive a Category 4 hurricane. Considering that it’s a city in a building, I would want to know what sort of evacuation planning has been done during the design phase. Do they plan on this thing being strong enough to shelter in place? I’m looking at the pictures and it seems to me that even a relatively modest storm surge would take out the first level. I wonder how deep they have to dig in that area until they hit bedrock? They are going to have to go that deep if they plan on this building standing up to a hurricane. Of course it doesn’t really matter if it does because the glass is the first to go and then the building has the winds rip right through it, taking everything out in the process. All that is left is a skeleton of a building.

  6. bradmaier March 1, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Have they discussed how a 975 meter tall building will fair in a hurricane?

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