Miami Beach Convention Center Renovation and Public Space Design Project
2014 ongoing, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
The $500 million renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center and Convention Center Public Spaces, includes a new signature six-acre Public Park and Park Pavilion designed by West 8.
Situated at the crossroads of residential neighborhoods, the New World Symphony campus, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, and Lincoln Road, the renewed 40-acre Convention Center district dramatically improves the day-to-day experience for residents and convention attendees alike. Along with a completely renovated Convention Center, twelve acres of new public spaces are being added to the district, restitching the convention center to its neighborhoods and providing shady, relaxing green spaces.
The Convention Center’s existing 5.8 acre truck staging and parking lot is transformed into a new world-class public park with a plant pallet that showcases the unique flora and botany of Miami Beach, adds 175 new shade trees, and provides flexible lawn areas. A Veteran’s Memorial is designed to seamlessly weave into the park experience while providing a place to honor and tell the unique story of Miami Beach's Veterans.
The Park Pavilion is an elegant restaurant and public amenity building. The Park Pavilion has its own custom concrete "umbrellas" that cast soft shade with ribbons of sunlight on the paving. The tall umbrellas and full-length glass that encloses the program space provide transparent visual connections from inside the building to the park along three facades. The district's streetscapes have a boulevard-like feel, and the reconfigured Convention Center Drive provides an important connection to Lincoln Road and a dignified drop off for taxis and busses for convention-attendees.
Another new three-and-a half acre park is located at the north side of the Convention Center. Almost two acres of hardscape and buildings are being removed, opening up green spaces that refocus visitors to the historic Carl Fisher Clubhouse, the City's oldest building, and the Collins Canal. West 8's design has ample shade trees, a butterfly garden, a ballroom terrace, a plant palate that showcases native plants, and bike-friendly pathways next to the Collins Canal. Most notably, a majestic Strangler Fig is preserved and celebrated as a feature in this park area
Ground breaking on the Convention Center is scheduled to begin in December 2015 after Art Basel. The Convention Center Renovation, led by Fentress Architects, will be completed in 2017, and the park is expected to be open in 2018. For updates on the project visit the Miami Beach Convention Center Website.
- City of Miami Beach
- Fentress Architects, Arquitectonica
- Kimley Horn, M-E Engineers, Delta Fountains
- Adriaan Geuze, Ashley Schwemmer, Brandon Cappellari, Jamie Maslyn Larson, Alvaro Novas Filgueira, Daniel Vasini, Gaspard Estourgie, Isaac Stein, John Payne, Joost Koningen, Juan Figueroa Calero, Karsten Buchholz, Kurt Marsh, Perry Maas, Pieter Bertheloot, Rachel Laszlo Tait, Ronald van Nugteren, Sonja Vangjeli, Yu Shi