In the Sweetwater neighborhood, just off campus from Florida International University, sits SW7 – a 20-story, 800-bed student housing tower. Currently under construction as one of the latest projects from our developer partner, the Collegiate Development Group, SW7 is one of four major student housing projects at FIU being built, with this tower being an amenity-rich environment for the University to leverage as they expand their housing options, and look to attract a more diverse range of students.
The design strategy behind SW7 was to first max out the height of the building, then craft the tower in an L-shape to invite an abundance of natural light into the building’s core, notably into the pool area. Within the slender tower form, the resort-style pool area is located on Level 6, and features a slide extending from the green roof into the water – a unique amenity whose playfulness extends into other spaces like the 12,000 SF indoor sky terrace and the 2,400 SF viewing terrace, creating optimal views to downtown Miami.
Together, the sky terraces create a lantern-effect, seen most prominently when driving into the downtown area. In creating a new beacon in Sweetwater, SW7 features a refined exterior shell with a gridded overlay you can observe whether strolling along the nearby waterfront walkway or upon entering the street-level, 4,000 SF coffee shop that’s part of a larger street presence program, filled out by a lobby leasing office and separate café.
With a large need for parking in the area, SW7 features 400 spaces serving a blend of 1, 2, 3, and 4-bedroom units – an intentional mix, with an emphasis on combined units to allow for more living arrangement choice for students to select from. Uniquely, each unit features an indoor/outdoor experience, taking advantage of the Miami climate, in addition to setting a height on window seals to reveal stunning, panoramic views of the city, and surrounding areas, without sacrificing spatial layout.
SW7 incorporates experiences other student housing projects don’t normally feature, at least not all together, with the tower offering residents a gaming area, and various types of housing experiences, with one entire floor dedicated to penthouse suites, in addition to private housing.