Architecture & Design

The Ten Best Skyscrapers in Miami

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10. Wells Fargo Center
200 SE Third St., Nichols, Brosch, Wurst, Wolf & Associates

This modernist-style cuboid of a building stands as the southernmost beauty among skyscrapers on the north side of the Miami River. While its glass shape might not stand out as brilliantly against the nighttime sky, on a sunny day, the hard lines of the structure are accentuated by its shimmering teal glass. The Wells Fargo Center, completed in 2010, is alternatively known as the Met 2 building, the second in a series of four commercial superstructures to be constructed in downtown by Nichols, Brosch, Wurst, Wolf & Associates, and is the only skyscraper in the project that can boast the significant involvement of Shaquille O'Neal, who even went as far as to form a building-development company, fittingly named the O'Neal Group.

9. Marquis Residences
1100 Biscayne Blvd., Arquitectonica

Few buildings have ever become as quickly associated with the Miami skyline as local design firm Arquitectonica's Marquis. As the third-tallest building in town, it is inherently distinctive, but when you add in its location, just slightly north of the main nerve cluster of the city's skyscrapers, and the wholly unique rectangles of pure white light that hover vertically along the top 18 stories of the building like a sight out of Blade Runner, it doesn't take long to see how this structure became so popular so fast.

It's also one of the most expensive condos in downtown, with units reaching prices of $7 million -- one more time, for those in the back, that's 'apartments for SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS' -- and an array of tenants over the past few years that range from Heat players to foreign potentates.

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Travis Cohen is a writer for Miami New Times and covers subjects ranging from arts and architecture to marijuana and monkeys with herpes. He graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in English in 2012 and began working with New Times shortly thereafter. He was born and raised in Miami.