By Georgiana Mihaila, Associate Editor
The Genting Group recently unveiled the awaited master plan for the $3 billion Resorts World Miami. The mega resort project caused quite a stir with its curvaceous multi-tower design with an LED-lit exterior and its size of 10 million square feet—3 million more than initially announced.
Resort World Miami, poised to become one of the largest development projects in Florida’s history, will stand on 13.9 acres of bayfront land in the heart of Miami, land that is currently housing the Miami Herald Media Co. The master plan includes a series of four hotels with a total of 5,200 rooms and two residential towers featuring 1,000 units; each building is designed with outside balconies adorned with LED-lit exteriors that will illuminate the Miami skyline. The Destination Resort will include a super-luxury hotel, a contemporary hotel, a convention hotel and a family hotel, offering a lodging option for each segment of the market.
The towers will stand atop an eight-story podium comprised of a two-story, 250,000-square-foot luxury retail galleria and over 50 restaurants, lounges, bars and nightclubs, topped by a high-tech multimedia entertainment area. There will also be 700,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, including a 200,000-square-foot column-free ballroom—the largest in the United States. Although each hotel will have its own private swimming pool, the podium’s rooftop will feature a 3.6-acre outdoor lagoon with natural sand beaches, 12 times the size of an Olympic swimming pool. Designed by Arquitectonica, the project has been conceived with an emphasis on sustainability and LEED-certified solutions.
The project will have a major impact on the local economy, creating 15,000 direct and indirect construction jobs and 30,000 permanent positions upon completion, and it will also attract millions of tourists. Resorts World Miami will be the highlight of a three-mile Baywalk, beginning at the Miami River and running north to Margaret Pace Park, linking Bayfront Park, American Airlines Arena, the future Miami Art Museum and Miami Science Museum, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the Omni Center.