West 8 are working with Fentress Architects and Arquitectonica on the Miami Beach convention centre. They are working on it alongside consultants Kimley Horn, M-E Engineers and Delta Fountains.
The Miami Beach Convention Centre is situated at the crossroads of residential neighbourhoods, the New World Symphony’s Frank Gehry Concert Hall, the West 8-designed Soundscape Park, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, and Lincoln Road Mall.
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The park is part of West 8’s vision for a renewed 40-acre Convention Center District. This will dramatically transform the day-to-day experience for residents and convention attendees. As well as contributing to Miami’s expanding art and design culture. At completion, a total of twelve acres of new public space, featuring Convention Center Park, 21st Street Park, Collins Canal Park and pedestrian-friendly Streetscapes on Washington Avenue and Convention Center Drive, will complete the $620-million-dollar Convention Center renovation by Fentress Architects, creating a “green civic heart” and re-stitching the convention center its surrounding environment.
The existing parking lot will be transformed into a new world-class public park. It will be complete with geometric paths for pedestrians and cyclists alike, five hundred trees, a flexible lawn area, custom concrete benches, and modern art installations. A vibrant plant palette, from slender Montgomery Palms to bright Flame Trees, showcases the unique flora and botany of Miami Beach. The visually intriguing lawn will be framed by dense shade gardens; creating a captivating backdrop for outdoor events.
An impressive collection of modern art pieces will adorn the completed Convention Center grounds. As the centerpiece of the new park, Bent Pool, a striking public art installation by international artists Elmgreen & Dragset, confronts conventional sculptural traditions by turning a swimming pool into a monumental arch. A Veteran’s Memorial is seamlessly woven into the park experience telling the unique story of Miami Beach’s Veterans.
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West 8’s design team will consist of: 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.
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