Architects Bjarke Ingels and Rem Koolhaas will square off to redesign the Miami Beach Convention Center. Their firms, BIG and OMA respectively, presented their proposals for the 52-acre site to the Miami Beach City Commission last week.
BIG’s submission, known as Miami Beach Square, “imagine[s] an architecture and an urban space unique to the climate and culture of Miami Beach.” Paths, parks, and plazas will surround a central square that leads to the revamped convention center, the Jackie Gleason Theater, the Museum of Latin American Culture, City Hall, and a new hotel. Acting as an extra event space, a green roof would top the convention center. In addition, Cirque du Soleil would provide an event space on the site. The project team includes developers Portman Holdings and CMC, along with architecture firms John Portman & Associates, West 8, Fentress, and Revuelta Architecture International.
BIG aims to create a central square surrounded by parks and gardens.
Meanwhile, OMA proposes to rotate the convention center, “reorienting the site to allow for east-west neighborhood connectivity and a southerly orientation for both convention center and hotel guests.” The firm would revamp the Jackie Gleason Theater, Carl Fisher Clubhouse, and City Hall in relation to their surroundings. An 800-room hotel would top the convention center, surrounded by a network of green spaces. OMA is collaborating with developers Tishman and UIA, architectural firm tvsdesign, and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Raymond Jungles on landscape design.
OMA plans to reorient the convention center to make it a better fit within the community.