Arquitectonica-Designed Pedestrian Bridge Proposed At Entrance To South Beach

Miami Beach is set to consider a proposal from Arquitectonica for a pedestrian bridge above the main entrance to South Beach from the MacArthur Causeway.

When completed, the bridge will allow pedestrians to continue from the South of Fifth baywalk to a new park proposed at 5th and Alton, as part of a development that includes a 510-foot tower.

On the south side, two options are proposed to connect the baywalk to the bridge. The first would require a long, winding walk up a ramp, while the second option is for an elevator to be built.

The baywalk on the north side does not appear to be directly connected. Instead, a ramp would lead into the new park.

The proposal is set for review in May by the city’s Design Review Board, according to remiamibeach.

 

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marc

I prefer the ramp. If you’re running or cycling there’s no need to stop and wait for an elevator.

Anonymous

I say do both. The way they describe the ramp I don’t think you’ll be able to ride a bike up it.

Anonymous

This is a failed project if you can’t ride a bike across.

Anonymous

agree

Anonymous

The ramp should be on the south side and the elevator should be on the north side to provide a direction connection instead of this roundabout way a block inward.

Miami Hurricane

Elevator = Vagrants and drunkards peeing. Reference Metromover.

Anonymous

Why does the ramp need to be so long?how high is the bridge?

Allan

Height of the bridge above traffic needs to at least 14’-6” and ramp would need to be around 5% by building code, so around 290’-0”..

Anonymous

The elevator is for ADA access — all should be allowed to enjoy this feature

Anonymous

Uh, will the Metromover be able to get by this?

Anonymous

Important question.

Anonymous

When is it been built?
Exactly……

Anonymous

Good, extending the Metromover to Miami Beach is the dumbest, most half-assed option for Baylink. Metrorail makes sense, but because beach NIMBYs don’t want flyovers overshadowing the streets, streetcars are the best bet.

Anonymous

Let’s take this by the numbers:

1. The Metromover lines already exist, so adding to it wouldn’t take much.

2. Running a leg across the Rickenbacker Causeway is much simpler and way cheaper than a Metrorail line.

3. The Metromover cars run on rubber tires, therefore it’s much, much quieter than the Metrorail.

4. The Metromover can link to a street car system, so that really wouldn’t be a problem.

5. The Metromover is an automated system, therefore, you don’t have to hire people to sit there on the trains and operate them.

6. As ridership increase, just add more cars.

7. And last but not least, they can start charging a fee to ride on the Metromover again.

Dashoo

It will feature a drawbridge for the intersecting elevated guideway

Anonymous

This should be a higher profile architects project. Don’t let arquitectonica touch this.

Anonymous

Frank Gehry or Fernando Calatrava

Anonymous

I wish! Talk about iconic.

Ricardo Bofill

Santiago Calatrava

Anonymous

Yes. My bad.

Anonymous

Well done.

Anonymous

Said no no ever.

Anonymous

To be honest, a ground level walkway that connects both sides of the bay walk would be preferable. It should be cantilevered over the water and under the causeway.

Magazine

While this has been discussed, I believe the approval process would be too burdensome. Given the gradual increase in height of the causeway, the walkway would have to go out quite far, and I believe you get into a lot of tough to navigate geological issues (may be silly in practical purposes, but the regulatory issues would make that approach very restrictive).

I agree this may be the most practical approach, but from what I have heard, you would have to loop in entities like Army Corps of Engineers, etc.

Anonymous

Good luck with a Cat 5 hitting that thing

Anonymous

Good luck to the entire county if a Cat 5 hurricane hits.

Anonymous

An elevator?? It will be out of service most of the time and the homeless will use it as shelter…

Anonymous

reminds me of the convention center

Anonymous

Pretty sure that was the plan. Or the bleached bones of a dead whale.

Anonymous

Yes, it’s hideous. *NOT* the design for the ‘gateway’ to south beach.

Anonymous

Yup. If it’s not their stale balcony designs, it’s their convention center wave thing. They were so out there in the 80s. The Palace, Atlantis, The Imperial, The Babylon. What happened to Architectonica?

Anonymous

I like it!!!It beats any of the Pedestrian crossings along US1.

Anonymous

Take a look at the PEACE BRIDGE in Calgary, the HELIX BRIDGE in Singapore or the BRIDGE OF PEACE in Tbilisi. We can do much better.

Anonymous

Man, after looking at images of those bridges, it would be awesome to have something of that caliber built. Wow!

Magazine

While those are beautiful, the size and scope is much different. Those go across large bodies of water. This will go across four lanes of traffic inbetween two large condos.

Anonymous

what happened to the fuchsia ribbon?

Anonymous

From leftovers from the Miami Beach Convention Center?

Anonymous

i love it. looks like a big white poop.

Anonymous

Bad design

Anonymous

Yes, awful! Please, let’s come up with something else.

Especially since the City and not Crescent Heights is paying for this.

A. Nonymous

The renderings make it look like there will be public access to the pool of the bay front building on the left. Can’t imagine they’d go for that.

Anonymous

Ummm.. what’s this?

Anonymous

Any elevator placed there by the city of MB will not work 75% of the time, so I pick the ramp.

Anonymous

It looks like an abstract of a used condom.

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I like the ramp. Elevators often brake, with a ramp no need for constant repairs!!!

Anonymous

Whatever they design should be sealed off somehow to prevent the riff raff from throwing things over it at passing cars. Yes…we need to think like this.

Anonymous

Thats a long ugly span, no more FIU disasters please. Build something where the form follows the function.

Anonymous

Reminds me of the climate ribbon at BCC.

Anonymous

Bridge good! Design needs work.

Anonymous

The ramp has my vote. The elevator will break down and the riff raff will piss in it or scratch some BS on the walls. Can’t forget about the riff raff.

Anonymous

Reminds me of Disney World, go figure.

Anonymous

Nice start but white-on-white doesn’t look good. Needs more color. Letters should be backlit in fuschia or changing colors.
It shouldn’t be either-or elevator or ramp. It should be both.

Jay K

Sadly, Miami is doomed when it comes to its contemporary architecture and will never get rid of this and other architectonica shit proposals. Anyone who says this is nice, good, cool or whatever, clearly has no idea about good architecture.

Anonymous

I hope they don’t use the same materials as their used at the FIU bridge…yes the one collapse and kill people

Anonymous

The idiots on the Miami Beach Design & Review board have now approved this plan for residents & guests visitors to enter the Beach with the appearance of entering a massive parking garage.
Instead of entering to a lush “Green Landscaped Park” setting & a pathway to introduce you to the Beach, this board allowed the developer of this proposed condo tower to move even closer to the street corner, eliminating the “open space” to a gracious entry “Welcome”.
Miami Beach residents deserve this “Desecration” for allowing this board’s approval to proceed with this project !!!!

Anonymous

> The idiots on the Miami Beach Design & Review board have now approved

Source? I thought it said it was for next month’s meeting?

Anonymous

YES A WELCOME SIGN!!! WHAT?

Anonymous

Hideous! Please, do not replicate the failed design at the Convention Center.

Anonymous

Looks like the One Brickell towers if they fell down.