While the American architecture and construction businesses might be on something of an emotional roller coaster over the past few years, with massive dips in billings met with occasional, but unfortunately never very lasting, boom periods (we remind you of the latest numbers from the AIA‘s Architecture Billings Index), the one thing the industry might have to hold on to is that Porsche will just keep building more and more massive projects. Just a few days after the automotive company announced that it would be building a large complex and test track for itself in Los Angeles, as well as a huge new headquarters in Atlanta, its been unveiled that its Porsche Design Group arm will be building, with developer Gil Dezer, a new residential tower in the Miami area, in Sunny Isles Beach. The Miami Herald reports that the 57-story building will cost an estimated $650 million to build, with each unit coming in somewhere in the neighborhood of $9 million. What does that amount get you, and why is a firm who is most well known for designing consumer goods now behind a large architectural project? Two words: glass elevators. The tower is set to feature lifts that will not only take them to their condos, but do so while they’re sitting in their cars. Here’s a bit:
Here is how it will work: After the resident pulls over and switches off the engine, a robotic arm that works much like an automatic plank will scoop up the car and put it into the elevator. Once at the desired floor, the same robotic arm will park the car, leaving the resident nearly in front of his front door. Voila, home!