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Flatiron and The Evolution of Brickell and Downtown Miami


Miami has long been seen as a vacation destination: a beach goer's paradise where the beauty of the landscape is rivaled only by the glamour of the area's residents, their luxury condos, their luxury cars. In recent years the City of Miami has made a name for itself. The city, mainly the areas of Brickell and Downtown Miami, is undergoing a massive transformation. In addition to the countless new condominium developments, there are world-class cultural institutions including the Arsht Center for Performing Arts, Perez Art Museum Miami, and the future Miami Science Museum. Miami now has the infrastructure to rival any major international city.

Real estate developer Ugo Colombo has played a key role in the evolution of Miami’s economic sector. Colombo has recently announced his latest masterpiece, Brickell Flatiron, a 64-story luxury high rise that boasts luxurious condos, restaurants and retail space, and a rooftop swimming pool, gym and spa rising over 700 feet in the sky, and providing unparalleled 360 degree views of the city skyline and Biscayne Bay. Located at the axis of South Miami Avenue and Brickell Plaza, in the heart of Miami’s most vibrant neighborhood, the structure was designed by renowned architect Luis Revuelta, and the public spaces designed by Julian Schnabel. Brickell Flatiron will undoubtedly enhance the neighborhood, and meet the growing demand for luxury condo living in this popular destination.

When Ugo Colombo moved to Miami from his native Milan in 1983, he had a singular vision—to transform his new home into a thriving community for people to live and work. Colombo began transforming the city beginning with Miami's Brickell neighborhood. The area, once dubbed "Millionaire's Row," due to the large number of mansions along Brickell Avenue, had undergone transformed in the 1970s, with office parks and apartment buildings replacing the elegant architecture.

In 1993, Colombo began the neighborhood revival by developing luxury condominiums on Brickell Avenue, beginning with Bristol Tower, and then the Santa Maria in 1997, which, at the time, was the country's tallest residential building south of New York City. With a dedicated focus on architecture and design, these real estate projects set the standard for Downtown Miami luxury condos.

Since then, Downtown Miami and Brickell Avenue have seamlessly combined work and play, with a vibrant mix of luxury residences, top-notch dining, and international businesses interspersed throughout the neighborhood. The ability to walk home from the office is a major draw for the countless new residents who have flocked to the area, making it both the fastest-growing and most densely populated part of Miami.

Ugo Colombo’s impressive feat of creating world-class architecture, enhancing both the city's beauty and economic vibrancy, has paid off. The area is considered among the country's largest financial districts, cementing Miami’s new reputation as a home that caters to tourists, businesspeople and residents alike.