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The City of Fort Lauderdale Votes in Favor of BIG's Marina Lofts

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Courtesy of BIG

On Tuesday, a sea of green and blue flooded the Fort Lauderdale City Commission chamber to either support or oppose a BIG, $250 million multi-use development planned to infill an industrial gap on the waterfront of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Although the majority of the crowd seemed to be in favor of the “impressive, innovative and even daring” project, concerns arose regarding the Marina Lofts’ density, height and traffic impact – many of which were appeased by developer Asi Cymbal’s decision to reduce the two 36-story towers to 28, which cut nearly 100 housing units from the project. Other last ditch opposition efforts regarded the controversial plan to move a giant rain tree that wasn’t within the purview of the board’s review. Despite this, following an hour-long presentation by Cymbal and his staff, the Planning  & Zoning board unanimously voted 9-0 in favor of the project. More after the break…

Marina Lofts / BIG

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Courtesy of BIG
  • Architects: BIG
  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
  • Partners in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen

  • Project Leader: Daniel Kidd

  • Contributors: Chris Falla, Suemin Jeon, Andreia Teixeira, Jenny Shen, Marcella Martinez, Michael Zhang
  • Area: 80,000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of BIG

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