SOUTH BEACH ACE, USA, MIAMI, 2013
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Typically, as convention centers evolve their footprints expand. In Miami Beach-an island where every acre is precious and the only "periphery" is ocean-the convention center has claimed an entire precinct for asphalt. Since its initial construction in the 1950's, the Miami Beach Convention Center has expanded twice, each time claiming more open space from the city and looming closer to its neighbors.
As the Convention Center looks to grow once again, is it possible to escape the inevitable sacrifice of the city around it? Today Miami Beach has an opportunity to undo 50 years of mistakes and reconnect neighborhoods severed by the elephant in their midst. It's time for a different model of growing a Convention Center...more..
Our master plan reintegrates the Convention Center into Miami Beach through a series of ingenious yet simple moves:
- We conceptually 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
- We concentrate the density at the center of the site and make the revamped convention center and its meeting and ballroom space contiguous with the hotel
- We reimagine the area's existing assets: the Jackie Gleason Theater, the Carl Fisher Clubhouse, City Hall, the 17th Street Garage
- We fill the rest of the site with public amenities and programmed uses appropriate to activate the space 7 days a week, 365 days a year
In short, our plan upgrades the convention center into a best-in-class facility and weaves the entire convention center site into the fabric of Miami Beach. It will feel both new and like it was always there.
Reorienting the Convention Center
Putting it on Top - Compact Density
Extensions to the Existing City
Status: Competition 2013
Partners-in-Charge: Shohei Shigematsu and Rem
Team: Lawrence Siu, Sandy Yum, Ahmadreza
Schricker, Denis Bondar, Ceren Bingol, Daniel Queseda Lombo,
Ishtiaq Raffudin, Cass Nakashima, Sarah Dunham, Lourenco
Master Developer: Tishman Realty LP