See inside the $500 million Legacy Tower in Miami, a 55-story ‘pandemic-ready’ condo complex that will include a hotel and high-tech medical center

Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
  • Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter is being billed as the world’s first “pandemic-ready” skyscraper.
  • The 55-story, $US500 ($AU665) million building will be part hotel, part residences, and part medical facility.
  • It’ll have things like cleaning robots, voice-operated elevators, operating rooms, and medical labs.

COVID-19 wasn’t the world’s first pandemic, and it likely won’t be our last either, experts say.

In Florida, developers are bracing for the world’s next pandemic with construction of a new 55-story, $US500 ($AU665) million skyscraper.

The building is called Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter, and it’s being billed as “the world’s first COVID-Conscious, Pandemic-Ready, all-in-one, residential, hotel and medical center skyscraper,” according to a press release. It involves a partnership between Adventist Health, Accor Hotels, developer Royal Palm Companies, and human longevity research organization Blue Zones.

“During the best of times, our travelers, residents and members get to experience a true luxury lifestyle hotel and residences with the perks of being attached to a state-of-the-art Blue Zones medical and wellbeing center,” Royal Palm Companies CEO Daniel Kodsi told Insider.

“And during the worst of times, Legacy will be one of the cleanest-designed buildings you can shelter safely in during pandemics – with access to health professionals, a pharmacy, medical- grade air quality and cleaning, food delivery and more. If you do get sick, advanced medical help is just downstairs from your room for a safe place to quarantine while you recover, close to family and loved ones staying nearby in the building,” he added.

As far as its living spaces go, the tower will feature 310 Microluxe residences and 219 hotel rooms, as well as amenities like lounges, restaurants, shops, and a rooftop infinity pool.

The building’s “pandemic-ready” features include disinfection robots, voice-activated elevators, medical imaging facilities, surgery rooms, and an on-site pharmacy, lab, and medical team.

Here’s what the tower is expected to look like when it’s finished:

Groundbreaking for the tower began in August. This rendering shows what it may look like when it’s complete.
Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
According to its website, the tower is being built with four key trends in mind: the growth of luxury travel, the rise of vacation rentals, consumer desire for lifestyle experiences, and the demand for wellness and medical tourism.
A bedroom in a room at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
Inside, you’ll find several lobbies throughout the tower, including this one.
A lobby at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
Just down the hall is a store of items commonly used in Kampo, a traditional Japanese herbal medicine system with roots in China.
A kampo store at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
At the end of the hall is a juice bar looking onto the city.
A juice bar at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
Some of the tower’s “pandemic-ready” features include UV disinfecting ventilation systems, a robotic parking garage, touchless entry systems, and voice-activated elevators.
A staircase in a lobby at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
As far as health facilities go, the tower will have 10 floors of medical facilities, including an area called The Center for Health + Performance.
A lobby at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
The center will include a futuristic-looking “biolab.” Rooms here look relatively unassuming from the outside…
Chairs in a biolab at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
…but have essentially floor-to-ceiling panels inside to show patients a wide range of personal health information.
A biolab at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
Other biolabs in the building might look more like this, according to a different rendering.
Blue screens in a biolab at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
There are also plans for a bike room, complete with a futuristic unicycle exercise bike and a massive screen to immerse you in nature during your ride.
A bike room at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
The room will also have medical exam rooms, which visitors can wait for in this lounge.
A medical exam room lounge at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
Here’s a look at the inside of one of the exam rooms.
A medical exam room at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
In addition, the tower will have operating rooms, medically equipped hotel rooms for post-surgical patients, and imaging facilities for MRIs, CT scans, X-rays, mammograms, and ultrasounds.

There will also be a pharmacy, dispensary, lab and on-call medical team of doctors, nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals.

Besides medical facilities, the tower will have 310 Microluxe residences. One of the room configurations is expected to look something like this.
An exterior view of a bedroom and living room in a room at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
On one side is the master bedroom.
A master bedroom in a room at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
Here’s the master bathroom nearby.
A master bathroom in a room at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
Just outside is a dining area.
A dining room in a room at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
Directly behind that is a wardrobe, minibar, and kitchen.
A minibar and kitchen in a room at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
The adjacent living room overlooks the city.
A kitchen and living room in a room at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
Another room configuration will look more like this.
A master bedroom in a room at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
In this layout, the living room is directly to the right of the master bed, separated by a curtain.
A master bed and living room in a room at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
Here, the wardrobe, desk, and kitchen are just opposite the bed.
A wardrobe, desk, and kitchen in a room at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
On the other side of the bed, also separated by a curtain, is the bathroom.
A bathroom in a room at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
The residences have floor-to-ceiling windows, as seen in this living room during the day…
A living room in a room at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
…and at night…
A living room in a room at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
…and even in this bathroom.
A bathroom in a room at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
Among its many amenities, the tower has a rooftop atrium and event space.
A sky lounge pool and bar at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
Here’s a closer look at it.
A sky lounge bar at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
Here’s what you might see sitting in the sky lounge looking out onto the city during the day.
A daytime view inside the sky lounge at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
And here’s how it’d look at night.
A nighttime view inside the sky lounge at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
Just outside is a rooftop pool.
A sky lounge pool at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
Elsewhere in the building, guests will find this technology bar.
A technology bar at Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
There are also lounges, restaurants, shops, a spa, and more.
Construction on the tower is expected to finish in 2024.
An aerial shot of the Miami skyline and the construction site of the Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
“With Legacy Hotel & Residences being the first to have a COVID-conscious and pandemic-ready design, it sets the stage for the future of real estate and building design,” Royal Palm Companies CEO Daniel Kodsi told Insider.
Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter
“Future developments will now more seriously consider incorporating medical-grade filtration systems, UV sterilization, voice-activated elevators and touchless room key access as essential amenities for the safety of their residents and guests,” Kodsi said.
An exterior nighttime view of Legacy Tower at Miami Worldcenter