“Like the Eiffel Tower and the St. Louis Gateway Arch, SkyRise Miami will be a strong, recognizable symbol and another element to solidify Greater Miami’s leadership position among the top global destinations. And, it’s so Miami.”
BARRY JOHNSON,President & CEO, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
SkyRise Miami is the vision of renowned developer Jeff Berkowitz and his exceptional development team to create a truly global icon for the city of Miami – a revolutionary structure that will be instantly recognizable and capture the energy and exhilaration of this distinctive city. Unlike other observation towers, SkyRise Miami is asymmetrical. It is decidedly directional, facing the Caribbean and South America. It welcomes our visitors from the South into North America. It is made to be an abstract version of the Statute of Liberty.
A sculpture to view from afar, and also to explore within
Also, unlike other observation towers, SkyRise Miami is more than a viewing deck. It has content. A cluster of functional levels at its top contain multiple entertainment opportunities. It emphasizes current thinking: that architecture is not only about form, but also about content.
Sky PlungeSky Plunge can be described as base-jumping using a sophisticated bungee-like safety system, where jumpers are attached to a high-speed controlled-descent wire. Sky Plunge is an incredible adrenaline rush, which originated in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand’s highest jump and only BASE jump by wire. “Plungers” will plummet hundreds of feet through the interior of the Tower at nearly 55 MPH. Those with sufficient courage to jump will be suited up by dedicated staff with special equipment to ensure their safety and comfort and will be videotaped during their entire descent to memorialize what surely will be a unique and unforgettable experience.
The Longest and Fastest Drop in the WorldSkyRise “Drop” is just like parachuting out of an airplane, experiencing the thrill of free fall followed by the jolt of an extremely rapid deceleration. SkyRise Drop is destined to become one of the most exciting rides in the world. An array of 12 seats carrying riders is lifted towards the top of the Tower along the Tower’s north face, and then released to free-fall down the Tower. Creative accent lighting will allow tens of thousands to track the up and down movement of SkyRise Drop as they view the Tower from their cars, homes or offices. Magnetic brakes are then activated to slow the riders as it approaches the bottom of the Tower. SkyRise Drop will be the longest drop of this kind in the world at approximately 650 feet and approach speeds of 95 MPH.
SkyRise Flying Theatre - Enjoy the Best Views of South Florida and MiamiImagine the reality of flying you can enjoy with a motion-based simulator and that only starts to explain the thrill of flight that theatergoers will enjoy in the Tower “Flying Theater.” Similar to Soarin’® at Disney World’s™ Epcot® and at DisneyLand®, the Tower Flying Theater will make dreams a reality. Once inside the main theater, up to 72 riders are secured in a seat similar to ones used for inverted roller coasters. Suddenly, the floor drops away and riders are suspended with their legs dangling. After rising a minimum of some 12 meters (40 feet) in the air, they then embark on a hang-glider tour of South Florida with state of the art-quality images projected below (from a 24-meter/80-foot domed screen), and with the simulator moving their seats in sync with the movie. Special effects include a musical soundtrack, wind, noises that match the surroundings, and even smell. Riders feel as though they are flying through clouds as they fly over downtown Miami, Miami Beach and South Beach, down the coastline of Miami, encountering leaping sailfish and dolphin, diving below the surface of the water to a pristine reef (while being misted as they enter the water) to encounter a large barracuda with its jaws wide open, through golf course scenes, all along the Everglades, narrowly escaping a large alligator and over South Dade as they see and smell limes and tomatoes.
SKYRISE HIGH CLUB
Miami and South Beach are already known for the finest, most exclusive private clubs anywhere. The Tower’s private club, perched almost 1,000 feet above Biscayne Bay, will be one of the most exclusive in the world with a limited membership-only opportunity. Many of the world’s top celebrities, diplomats, athletes and leaders will socialize, in a magnificent private space with breathtaking views.
The Tower restaurant will rival the finest culinary experiences in the world. As a bonus to the fine dining white tablecloth restaurant, which will be designed to maximize the views, this world-class dining experience will begin at 900 feet above Miami, offering haute cuisine surrounded by unsurpassed views.
Destined to become famous as one of the most beautiful and elegant ballrooms in the world, the Tower Ballroom will be the choice location for every “It” event from South Florida and the Americas. Located at over 830 feet, the views will be spectacular and with approximately 2,500 square feet of pre-function space along with approximately 7,500 square feet of ballroom space and /- 4,000 square feet of circulation space, the Tower Ballroom will be one of the most incredible locations for galas, celebrations, parties and events in the entire world. The Ballroom is being designed to accommodate 500 seated guests in an elegant setting, with adequate pre-function space to accommodate galas, weddings, and business events
SKYRISE MEETING AND CONFERENCE CENTER
The Tower’s Meeting and Conference Center will be located some 820 feet above sea level. The 9,500 square foot conference center, plus an additional 4,000 square feet of circulation space, will contain private meeting rooms for corporate functions, small events, private parties, seminars and conferences. The space is being designed to be flexible, allowing it to be reconfigured to accommodate board meetings, auditorium style presentations, briefings and conferences of various size requirements. Meetings and events at the conference center will be catered by the Tower banquet and hospitality facilities and personnel.
SKYRISE TOWER ENTRANCE
Whether walking through Bayside Marketplace after parking in one of the two Bayside Marketplace garages, dropping your car in front of the Tower for valet parking in the parking garage beneath the Tower or arriving by bus or other public transportation, all visitors will ascend a grand staircase to enter the Tower Podium. Visitors to the Tower will enter through one of two entrances. The majority of the visitors who have made reservations and/or purchased admission to the Interactive Exhibit, the Flying Theater, SkyPlunge, and/or the indoor or outdoor General Observation Decks, will enter the Tower through a dynamic and exciting retail environment, surrounding them with Tower souvenir and gift purchase opportunities to commemorate their visit to the Tower. Visitors to the Premium Observation Deck, the Meeting and Conference Center, the SkyRise Ballroom, the Nightclub, the Fine Dining Restaurant or the Private Club will enter the Tower through a VIP-only entrance.
TOP OF THE PODIUM
Rather than directly entering the Tower, visitors may choose to ascend the grand staircase or to use the convenient escalators to ascend to the Top of the Podium, which is approximately 60 to 70 feet above ground. The open-air terrace, will house a casual café with chic food and drink service, while patrons view the Miamarina and Bayside Marketplace to the west and the boats traveling through the intercoastal waterway to the east, they will also watch as the brave souls enjoying the Sky Plunge, land in their midst. The podium terrace will also serve as a premier event space, ideal for large private and corporate cocktail receptions, pre-function receptions for weddings (complete with the perfect setting for a wedding ceremony with breathtaking views) as well as other large-scale galas and celebrations.