Espirito Santo Plaza
Conrad MiamiMiami, FL, USA Estoril, Inc. Plunkett, Associate Architect; Swanke Hayden Connell, Interior Designer (Hotel) Corporate, Mixed-Use, Residential 1.2 million ft2 / 111,000 m2 American Council of Engineering Companies National Recognition Award (2004), AIA New York City Chapter Project Design Awards Citation (2001); AIA Florida 100th Anniversary Awards, Best Commercial Building (2012)
The sculptural, 36-story Espirito Santo Plaza has become the signature image of Brickell Avenue, Miami’s cosmopolitan waterfront center of commerce. With simple, elegant lines and a sculptural form, this iconic mixed-use building is home to the Espirito Santo Bank headquarters, the Conrad Miami Hotel and luxury residences, and a bold presence on Miami’s city skyline.
Fronting Brickell Avenue, the tower’s concave façade creates a dramatic arch, welcoming visitors and residents. The tower’s main entry sequence from the west is defined by a stately, tree-lined plaza with a pedestrian bridge that crosses a gracefully curved reflecting pool. Those coming from the east entrance circulate through a glass-enclosed, four-story water court, which leads into the main elevator lobbies. Public transportation, including the Metromover and the Tri-County rail system, is located directly across Brickell Avenue from the complex.
On the 25th floor, facing out toward Biscayne Bay, an 11-story hotel atrium separates the guest suites from the condominiums. The atrium contains the hotel lobby, a restaurant, and a lounge; its 113-foot-tall, glazed aperture allows for stunning views across the bay and out to the Atlantic Ocean. Parking for the Espirito Santo Plaza is concentrated in a 12-story building that accommodates 980 cars, with additional space for service trucks. The generously landscaped roof of the garage is occupied by a health club swimming pool and tennis courts, which are accessible from the tower via a dedicated pedestrian bridge.