Zyscovich Architects

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2 Midtown

Miami, FL

As the first new building in an entirely new 37-acre downtown neighborhood, 2 Midtown Miami was designed as both metaphor and concrete reality. The 28-floor tower, modeled on the urban streetscape to come, comprises residential and work/live space, recreational and athletic amenities, ground level retail, and internal parking.

"This project represents Bernard Zyscovich’s vision of “a highly functioning 21st Century city if created from scratch.”

A 28-story landscape of varying facades and heights, the building is an assemblage of exterior and interior volumes. From Midtown Boulevard, the design appears to be of a 12-story building composed of interior courts. From the mews, it is a row of three-story walk-ups. Such unexpected architectural punctuation mirrors the philosophy that, ideally, cities, towns, neighborhoods, and their buildings should be unpredictable, shaped by the unexpected and as interesting as urban life itself.

The project’s mix of residential and live/work units allows professionals, such as designers, artists, or architects to live in the same building as their offices or studios or to be within walking distance. The concentration of 331 units provides density, a requisite for the psychological and energetic nourishment by which a city generates and regenerates. Equally important, the design’s mix of residential, commercial, business, and market accommodations promotes diversity, an inevitable result of density.

Zyscovich Architects designed the complex with an internalized parking scheme with residential units lining exposed elevations. Such a solution to urban livability removes cars from the street face, enhances pedestrian-friendliness, and integrates issues of access and security. Rather than sitting atop a parking podium, the building reaches the ground where street level space for retail, dining, and entertainment encourages 24-hour pedestrian activity, enhancing security and vitality. 

As the first new building in an entirely new 37-acre downtown neighborhood, 2 Midtown Miami was designed as both metaphor and concrete reality. The 28-floor tower, modeled on the urban streetscape to come, comprises residential and work/live space, recreational and athletic amenities, ground level retail, and internal parking.

"This project represents Bernard Zyscovich’s vision of “a highly functioning 21st Century city if created from scratch.”

A 28-story landscape of varying facades and heights, the building is an assemblage of exterior and interior volumes. From Midtown Boulevard, the design appears to be of a 12-story building composed of interior courts. From the mews, it is a row of three-story walk-ups. Such unexpected architectural punctuation mirrors the philosophy that, ideally, cities, towns, neighborhoods, and their buildings should be unpredictable, shaped by the unexpected and as interesting as urban life itself.

The project’s mix of residential and live/work units allows professionals, such as designers, artists, or architects to live in the same building as their offices or studios or to be within walking distance. The concentration of 331 units provides density, a requisite for the psychological and energetic nourishment by which a city generates and regenerates. Equally important, the design’s mix of residential, commercial, business, and market accommodations promotes diversity, an inevitable result of density.

Zyscovich Architects designed the complex with an internalized parking scheme with residential units lining exposed elevations. Such a solution to urban livability removes cars from the street face, enhances pedestrian-friendliness, and integrates issues of access and security. Rather than sitting atop a parking podium, the building reaches the ground where street level space for retail, dining, and entertainment encourages 24-hour pedestrian activity, enhancing security and vitality.