OMA New York selected as masterplan designer and lead architect for Miami Beach Convention Center Redevelopment.
Miami, 19 July 2013 ?? The City of Miami Beach has announced that South Beach ACE ?? a team including OMA, Tishman Realty and UIA Management ?? is the winner of the Miami Beach Convention Center redevelopment competition. OMA??s design will transform Miami Beach??s convention center into a 21st century facility, adding an 800-room hotel, new ballroom and meeting facilities and a large public park, while reducing the overall footprint of the site and creating new connections with the urban fabric of Miami Beach.
Shohei Shigematsu, director of OMA New York and lead designer, commented, “We are thrilled to be chosen to develop one of the most significant urban districts in the US. Our design will reintegrate Miami Beach’s vital convention center with its neighbors, offering new facilities as well as amplifying the character of this exciting city.”
While the convention center is a valuable cultural and economic asset for Miami Beach ?? it is the venue of Art Basel Miami Beach, the Miami International Boat Show, and other major events ?? it has become in recent decades a physical and social barrier within the city, with huge parking lots, closed facades and under-utilized urban space. To undo this situation, South Beach ACE engaged with local communities from the onset of the seven month design competition.
The design conceptually rotates the convention center, enabling strong east-west neighborhood connections through the site, running from the beach to the city. With loading consolidated to the north, and the new concourse and main entry located on the south, the building has a clear face to Lincoln Road, while maintaining access on the east side for visitors walking from the nearby beach hotels. The center will be set back from Washington Avenue, reducing the building??s footprint on the ground, and allowing a porous façade so that events inside the center can move outside.
Rather than expanding the mass of the convention center further into the city, a new 800-room hotel and two ballrooms will be located on top of the building, fully integrating the center??s functions into one unified and quickly navigable facility. Walking times between halls, ballrooms, and hotel rooms will be greatly reduced.
At the rear of the building, a large new landscaped public park will sit atop a buried garage, eliminating vast wastelands of parking lots. The establishment of a new green belt surrounding the site restores an important buffer zone of open public space that was lost during the center??s last expansion. The site that formerly marked the end of the beach and the beginning of asphalt will be transformed into an oasis within the city.
Led by OMA Partners-in-Charge Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas, with Jason Long, Associate, and Jake Forster, Project Architect, the design team is based in OMA??s New York office. The South Beach ACE team includes property developers Tishman and UIA, OMA, tvs Design, landscape architects MVVA and Raymond Jungles, and traffic specialists Mobility-in-Chain.
City Staff select OMA New York, led by Shohei Shigematsu, for a major design competition in Santa Monica
New York / Los Angeles, 19 July 2013 ?? Santa Monica??s City Staff has announced their recommendation of OMA??s competition proposal for a mixed use development that encompasses civic plaza, cultural venue, retail, residences, offices and a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Santa Monica.
The selection panel praise OMA??s approach, commenting: ?The proposed design delivers iconic architecture from all elevations, as well as a highly flexible interior space design that could most easily accommodate potential design modifications and adjust to market demand changes in the future. Additionally, the site design maximizes the public view corridor toward the open plaza areas and integrates within the framework of downtown and adjacent properties.??
Shigematsu commented: ?Our ambition was to contribute to Santa Monica??s diverse network of public spaces, from the recreational plazas at the Pier and Palisades Park to contained commercial centers like Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place. Our design provides residents, tourists, and entrepreneurs a dynamic new public realm ?? a stepped building that achieves a strong interaction between interior program and exterior environments.??
The building integrates a ground level plaza and elevated terraces that provide an additional 56,500 sf of programmable open space compared to the original site. These public spaces are capable of hosting a wide range of outdoor programming, including a market galleria and the existing public ice rink. A cultural venue is embedded at the heart of the building, with street level access and a dedicated park.
The site will be anchored by office spaces designed to create a hub for the growing tech industry within the greater Los Angeles area. The office complex will be supported by a boutique hotel offering 225 rooms with unobstructed views of the city, beach and mountains. The project will also provide pedestrian improvements such as wide sidewalks, bike lanes, landscaping, street furniture and additional public parking.
The recommendation will be reviewed by Santa Monica??s City Council on August 27th before the project formally proceeds in 2014.
OMA is a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis. OMA??s buildings and masterplans around the world insist on intelligent forms while inventing new possibilities for content and everyday use. AMO, a research and design studio, works alongside OMA in areas beyond architecture that today have an increasing influence on architecture itself: media, politics, renewable energy, technology, publishing, fashion.
OMA is led by six partners ?? Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, and David Gianotten ?? and sustains an international practice with offices in Rotterdam, New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Doha, employing a staff of around 350.
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