The Miami Beach City Commission has selected architect Rem Koolhaas’s OMA New York office to redevelop the city’s convention center. In May, OMA—as part of the South Beach ACE development team comprising Tishman and UIA, tvs Design, and landscape architects MVVA and Raymond Jungle— submitted a competing proposal to Bjarke Ingels Group's vision for the facility. OMA’s plan calls for an 800-room hotel and two ballrooms set atop the facility, as well as a large public park.
The design will rotate the convention center, enabling east-west neighborhood connections while emphasizing walkability from nearby beach hotels. A “green belt” around the site will replace existing asphalt, and reduce walking times between spaces within the building itself. A porous façade will allow events inside the center to move outdoors, while a large public space will top a buried garage at the rear of the building.
Voters will need to approve the $600 million project, according to the Miami Herald.