The city of Miami has a unique skyline that includes many high-rises, and as of 2018, the city is home to 80 skyscrapers with a height of at least 550 feet (or 167 meters), according to Emporis, SkyscraperPage, and The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. These skyscrapers are scattered throughout the city of Miami, including the Greater Downtown Miami area and neighborhoods such as the Arts & Entertainment District, Brickell, and Edgewater.
These skyscrapers range from luxury condominium towers to office buildings, with some even housing hotels. Some of the skyscrapers have been designed by world-renowned architects, and others have won awards for their architecture or design. The construction of these skyscrapers has brought new life to the city and added to its identity. While some growth critics have claimed that all new development is ugly and soulless, Miami’s recent construction boom demonstrates the opposite.
While the 5-story Burdine’s Department Store is considered to be Miami’s first skyscraper, the city experienced a major increase in high-rise construction from 2003 through 2008. This period is referred to as a “Manhattanization wave”, and during this time many new skyscrapers were proposed, built, or under construction. The building boom in the late 2000s resulted in 53 new skyscrapers that were at least 200 feet tall being constructed in the Downtown Miami area alone. Many of these new skyscrapers ranked as the tallest in Miami upon completion. The Panorama Tower, a residential skyscraper designed by architect Zaha Hadid, will become the highest structure in Miami and Florida when completed in 2017.