Miami Beach Convention Center competition won by OMA, Tishman, UIA, MVVA, Raymond Jungles and TVS
After a highly-fought contest between two teams - OMA with Tishman, UIA, MVVA, Raymond Jungles and TVS, and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) with West 8, Fentress, JPA and Portman CMC - for the redesign of the Miami Beach Convention Center, it has been announced that the OMA-led team has won.
The victorious team goes by the name South Beach ACE which stands for Arts, Culture and Entertainment. Spread over 52 acres the development project is estimated to cost $600m to be covered by county bonds and hotel taxes.
The proposal seeks to create a seamless blend of old and new spaces to ignite interest in the area and reinvigorate the surrounding community. The team are looking to rotate the existing Convention Center conceptually by relocating its main entranceway so that it stands opposite the Jackie Gleason Theater. An 800-room hotel is included in the plans, also with its entrance facing south in line with the Convention Center.
Highly varied green spaces are a significant feature in connecting the Convention Center with the existing fabric. OMA’s concept combines a blend of ‘ample green spaces’ and programmes including a soundscape park, climbing walls, fountain rooms and a man-made hill, to encourage locals and visitors to explore the area. A network of circulation spaces extends through the site, ensuring clear wayfinding for all while enlivening the complex with a heavy footfall.
The Carl Fisher Clubhouse, City Hall, Jackie Gleason Theater, 17th Street Garage and 17th Street itself are all destined to undergo individual makeovers should this proposal be selected for realisation ‘to better engage with their surroundings’.
In an outline of their proposals, the team concludes: “In short, our plan upgrades the convention center into a best-in-class facility and waves the entire convention center site into the fabric of Miami Beach. It will feel both new and like it was always there.”