Miami To Get a ‘Sponge Bob Meets the Jetsons’ Hotel Complex

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Malaysian developers Genting just released their plans for the site–which will include a resort, casino, shops and residences–and the paper that’s moving to accommodate it dismissed the design as “Sponge Bob Meets the Jetsons.” Ouch.

Those ‘biomorphic’ shapes on the ends of the complex would be the 65-story hotel towers, according to the Herald, and they are meant to resemble coral formations.

If the plan goes ahead, the project known as Resorts Miami will certainly change the shape of the city’s skyline. And we’ll have a local to thank for it—Miami-based Arquitectonica are the architects behind the plan and were also responsible for the nearby American Airlines Arena.

Plans for a casino, also yet to be approved, will have a big impact on the hotel scene in Miami, with this site eclipsing the size of the Fontainebleau on Miami Beach.

Another interesting tidbit in the Herald coverage of the Genting development is that Arquitectonica is also working on another mixed-used mega-complex not far away on Brickell Avenue–this time for Hong Kong-based developers Swire Properties.

Could this be another hotel on the way for downtown Miami? The firm owns several residential towers in the city already–as well as the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Perhaps there are plans for something along the lines of their Upper House or Opposite House?

[Photo: Genting via CBS Miami]
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