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‘Fountain’ Is The Winning Design For $800M Signature Bridge

“The Fountain” is the winning design for the $800 million Signature Bridge in downtown Miami, selected by FDOT at a meeting last week.

A description of the concept from a winning team led by Archer Western- de Moya Joint Venture:

The Fountain concept was inspired by Miami’s world renowned status as the center of the Americas. Miami has been influenced in its development and growth by various regions throughout the United States, the Carribean, as well as Central and South America due to its position as the Gateway City. In 1930, Pan American Airways established Miami as its worldwide headquarters with its terminal at the current City Hall, and provided the initial links that opened up the potential of Miami’s waterfront to all of the Americas. The Fountain’s design symbolizes these influences similar to an “airline map” depicting the curved travel paths to and from the central city of Miami.

The Fountain was aptly named to signify Miami’s connection to the water that began several thousand years ago with the Tequesta Indians and continues to this day with the tens of millions of visitors that make Miami their warm weather destination for the sun, beach, cruises, vibrant nightlife, and culture. The bridge is designed using contextual metaphors drawn from the region’s tropical and urban environments. The overall vision for this signature bridge is to emphasize the essence of Miami as a center for the Arts, with this structure as its nexus, making it a focal point of civic life for all Miamians, and what will become the heart of Miami for our children and grand-children.

The Fountain Bridge also provides vast open spaces below the bridge allowing for the development of our proposed Heritage Walk. Heritage Walk memorializes Miami’s history including the original Tequesta Indian inhabitants, Julia Tuttle and Henry Flagler, the original African American settlers to Overtown, the Cuban immigration, and Miami’s status as a global city with limitless potential through culture, art, and bold imagery.

The concept of an abstract fountain and its arching forms is symbolic of the area’s culture as people from across the Americas come together as one. The connections created both in form and function with this structure will facilitate the full integration of neighbors from all directions, meeting in the central plaza, as the physical and psychological barriers dividing the surrounding environment are torn down and replaced with a vision based on unification.

The fountain concept is developed in height and scale to transition this destination place from the high rises to the south and the Performing Arts Center to the north. Fountains in plazas are used as urban catalysts varying in scale in civic centers around the world. The concept of creating a public gathering space around this symbolic fountain gives greater emphasis to this location by using its structure as an urban pivot, and creating a visual destination from multiple view points: cruise ships arriving to Miami and docked at PortMiami, airplanes arching to the world overhead, vehicular traffic on the north/south and east/west axis of the bridge decks, and bicyclists and pedestrians from under the Viaduct.

 

Color changing LEDs would be mounted along the arches and cables, with a state of the art control system allowing for a “never ending array” of lighting scenes.

The proposal includes elevating the bridge significantly higher than the minimum requested by FDOT to allow for a 1.2-mile, 55-acre public park underneath called Heritage Trail.

Construction is expected to begin in late 2017 and could last for five years.

The timeline could be delayed by a bid protest from the second-ranked team, which lost a competition by just half a point. A formal bid protest is expected, according to the Herald.

 

 


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Anonymous
Anonymous

Out of all the proposals I actually like this one the best surprisingly. It will definitely add a wow factor downtown. The shaded green spaces and plazas below will certainly be a welcome addition to they area.

marc
marc

I agree wholeheartedly

Anonymous
Anonymous

like.. “wow” what a colossally stupid idea

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s really Miami’s first landmark bridge.. excellent park idea.

Marc305
Marc305

I agree with you completely, the fact that it will be raised so much higher than what we have now will make a huge difference. In addition the LED lights will make this landmark look amazing at night next to the PAC, the 5 sister buildings, and the 2 new museums. Finally it will help more developers continue to build west of Biscayne Blvd. Definitely a game changer.

marc
marc

I wish they’d stop reporting this an $800 million bridge when it’s much more than that. The $800 million dollars are for the entire rebuild and reconfiguring of I-395.

skept
skept

It’s also closer to $2.8 Billion when you count land acquisition costs.

Anonymous
Anonymous

At that price they could have dug a tunnel under Biscayne Blvd as was originally planned before the estimated costs came in. And then they suggested a “channel” but that was expensive too. Funny thing is that all of this began when the Arsht (then the Carnival Center) wanted to unite itself with downtown by eliminating the symbolic and real distraction of the I395 overpass.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Looks nice – if a bit bizarre to have that sort of bridge over land.

Gables
Gables

I like this design the best. The lighting on the cables will be awesome. I’ve seen the programmable lights on the cables of the Oakland-Bay Bridge and it is cool.

Anonymous
Anonymous

At first, I was inclined to go with the runner up design but, after getting the opportunity to view all the intricate renderings, I have to go with the winning design. It’s more iconic than all of the other designs and will definitely provide more of a “Wow” factor when viewed from all directions particularly when lit up at night.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I like this design more! It’s flashy like Miami, it seems like it belongs here. The runner-up design is out of place for Miami and looks more like something from the middle east I would hate to cross this that bridge everyday and be reminded of Saudi Arabia. This has landmark written all over it and I really hope it gets built in time for the super bowl so the world can see it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Bravo Miami! Every dollar that is invested in these major projects will be returned 10x in property taxes and tourist dollars.

Miami is becoming a major city.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is really a unique and original bridge design never seen anywhere else. I really like it especially in the night renderings.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The runner up who is contesting looks like two spread out JAI ALAI players playing with two different balls.

The fountain is centralized and will look fabulous at night.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I wonder what sort of traffic planning and mitigation might be done in Miami for the $800+ million price of this boondoggle…

Anonymous
Anonymous

Probably not as much as you think.

andy
andy

the winning design looks great!!

it looks better than the two spread out boomerangs

Rigo
Rigo

Looks like the Spiderman bridge

Anonymous
Anonymous

Build it, as long as you also get the funding for trains across the bay and for a tunnel in Brickell—was financing for this bridge even connected to those projects as some comments suggest?

marc
marc

No these funds were earmarked by the state for the I-395 rebuild/reconfiguring years ago.

Anonymous
Anonymous

No

Anonymous
Anonymous

I like the initial concept but I wouldn’t like to see a bolder innovative solution using concrete and steel members. Also the idea of a suspension bridge in a hurricane zone seems ironic.

Anonymous
Anonymous

* I would like…

Hugo Dorta
Hugo Dorta

Looks like the spiderman bridge

Anonymous
Anonymous

I wouldn’t want my name on that bridge, let’s just set fire to. 250 million dolllars

Anonymous
Anonymous

800 million to build, probably 10 million per year to maintain, and 3 years of construction pain. Thank you! Congratulations to Mr archer and Mr western. I’m in the wrong business.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Honestly I love the idea and the heritage park is awesome. But a cost of $800 million, which we all know they will go over budget, seems extremely expensive for this project. I bet that at least $100 million will be stolen. Thought?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Visual bulk and lack of sophistication.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Spider-Bridge!!

Ilovearchytectures
Ilovearchytectures

A bridge where there is not need for it!!!
800 millions $ to feed all the sharks in the political waters that this bridge is going to be built

Eddie
Eddie

I think the money should have first been used for infrastructure improvements and extensions of metro rail/metro mover. The elevated metro rail has so much potential if done right. First thing they need to do is privatize mass transit. It is clear MDC and miami don’t know how to properly run and/or maintain these on budget. By privatizing, it allows for a more streamlined and efficient service and could also actually bring costs down. Just look at Tokyo! All run by private firms. I think the angle for this bridge now is , if you build it, they will come, as in the surrounding areas will be further developed and Miami will have an iconic bridge. They’re thinking is the sum of all parts versus just a bridge.

Eddie
Eddie

their*

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wouldn’t be great if they spent $800 million on the school system?

Anonymous
Anonymous

After waiting 100 years for a great skyline and urban renaissance, clutter bridge.

Gene
Gene

Two things:
Some of you folks should visit other cities – “real cities” that put importance on other things besides shoes and cars to see how they handle their transportation needs.
Second: please check your spelling before hitting the Post Comment button.

This is a huge waste of money – it’s criminal.

Andy H.
Andy H.

My goodness, that thing looks hideous. Are those massive arches really necessary? If they’re not, do they add unnecessarily to the cost?

Will this thing really make life better for people who live and work in Miami? Does it help traffic flow more smoothly? Does it accommodate future traffic-flow demands? Will it hold up against a major hurricane? Will it cost a lot to maintain?

When it comes to urban architecture, beauty is in pragmatics, cost of operation, and functionality, not flowery dramatics. (“Fountain”? Seriously?) I don’t want a “pretty bridge.” I want one that does what a bridge is intended to do and allows for future restructuring as necessary. A bridge designed thusly would be the most attractive bridge.

Gene
Gene

Such a waste of money – money which could have gone a long way to constructing a light rail to link the Beach with Miami. Is this solution going to reduce traffic and take people out of their cars? No. Miami and the Beach will choke themselves to economic collapse and death on traffic if something isn’t done soon.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You really believe trains will get people out of their cars? Hasn’t worked anywhere and won’t work here either. Uber and google are solving traffic

Anonymous
Anonymous

Complete waste.

Wang
Wang

This is a massive con. This is not a signature bridge… Any village in Asia for example has one:
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That is a bridge in what is considered the 6th city of one of China’s provinces. Basically the same. And hundreds of these exist all over Asia.

I’m not trashing the bridge per say, but I am trashing this attempt by the DOT and authorities to call this some grand project when in reality is the bare mininum that was required to help change the situation in the area of the city.

A signature anything would have been a true suspension bridge from West of 95 all the way out to past the Port of Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Stupid comment. And that bridge you are posting is hideous,

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why? That’s my first reaction to this “bridge”. This to me just creates visual and physical clutter to an area that already has a lot going on. It sabotages the Arsht Center and the new Frost Museum. More than a physical folly, a grand plaza uniting these civic buildings would be much more appropriate. Less is usually a lot more.

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