Imagined by JDS Development Group, working with SHoP Architects and James Corner Field Operations, 1 Southside Park is a public-private partnership in the Brickell Metropolitan Urban Center that will bring together state-of-the-art new facilities for City of Miami Fire Station No. 4 with market defining residential, office, event and wellness spaces; a world-class hotel with food & beverage outlets; and vibrant public arenas.
As part of the Brickell Rapid Transit Zone, the project will enhance access to public transportation, provide direct connection to the Underline’s Brickell Backyard, revive and reinvigorate Southside Park, and offer numerous other public benefits.
“We strive to fundamentally understand the neighborhoods in which we build, and to bring an appropriate and dynamic urban experience that enhances the quality of life for residents, neighbors and visitors,” says Michael Stern, Founder & CEO of JDS Development Group.
“I started my career in Miami and it’s my home. The city’s development story is still unfolding and there’s a sense of excitement, a sense of getting to shape the city as it grows, and to help it evolve responsibly and sustainably.”
The SHoP designed tower is envisioned as a series of stacked and shifted volumes that purposefully breakdown its scale. Each level is carefully designed to create both form and function for the multi-use structure: residential, hotel, microunits, office, and wellness.
The building volumes stack and shift, while the spaces between the volumes permit light, air and views for residents and neighbors, and frame urban Miami vistas.
A vertical cascade of terraces results from the offsets of each volume. These tiers are most openly expressed at the health program levels, which will offer world-class programming on a membership basis.
The design achieves a seamless transition from the Southside Park greenspace to the urban environment of the Brickell area. The distinctive architecture of interconnected indoor and outdoor spaces and planted terraces and edges provide a lush vertical backdrop and visual connection to the park.
At the center of the building’s ground floor is a pedestrian paseo that consciously connects pedestrians from SW 2 Avenue to Southside Park. The paseo is framed by the new, world- class City of Miami Fire Station No. 4 and ground floor lobbies and café space.
Known for their expressive façade work, SHoP’s design for 1 Southside Park presents a semicircular perforated screen system that offers shading and privacy while evoking a playful fabric, catching the South Florida light and exhibiting a dynamic pattern of shadows as the sun shifts throughout the day.
1 Southside Park project — in addition to the new world-class City of Miami Fire Station No. 4 include improvements to Southside Park.
“Nestled within the canopy of majestic ficus trees and lush tropical gardens, inspired by its South Florida setting,” says Isabel Castilla, Principal-in-Charge of the project for James Corner Field Operations.
The design in preserves the beautiful, mature trees and expands the existing canopy with new trees, while providing enhanced and deliberate direct access to the Brickell Backyard, a corridor of green and active public spaces. The entirety of the block is conceived as a harmonious pedestrian and public realm with an integrated design and material palette.
“We’re happy to help bring a special blend of urban form and community function into this multifaceted project that is as unique as Miami,” concludes Stern.
“This isn’t just another building — this is a capstone project for an exciting period of Miami’s story.
Architects: SHoP Architects
Landscape Architects: James Corner Field Operations
Developer: JDS Development Group
Client: Brickell Metropolitan Urban Center