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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

agree

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

Elevator = Vagrants and drunkards peeing. Reference Metromover.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Allan
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

Important question.

Anonymous
2 years ago

When is it been built?
Exactly……

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

It will feature a drawbridge for the intersecting elevated guideway

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

Frank Gehry or Fernando Calatrava

Anonymous
2 years ago

I wish! Talk about iconic.

Ricardo Bofill
2 years ago

Santiago Calatrava

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes. My bad.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Well done.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Said no no ever.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

Good luck with a Cat 5 hitting that thing

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

reminds me of the convention center

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Magazine
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

what happened to the fuchsia ribbon?

Anonymous
2 years ago

From leftovers from the Miami Beach Convention Center?

Anonymous
2 years ago

i love it. looks like a big white poop.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bad design

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

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

A. Nonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

Ummm.. what’s this?

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

It looks like an abstract of a used condom.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

Reminds me of the climate ribbon at BCC.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bridge good! Design needs work.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

Reminds me of Disney World, go figure.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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.

Max
1 month ago

Why the bleep would any government continue to hire Arquitectonica after years and years of their creating life threatening shoddy construction resulting in (at last count) 25 simultaneous lawsuits? Check out the links below to all the lawsuits against them and see for yourself. They were also sued for $17 million for flawed construction of the Miami Heat Arena. On top of that, Arquitectonica’s CEO was convicted of multiple felonies over ten years for repeatedly destroying endangered species of mangroves and wetlands. Arquitectonica was also involved in the building project connected to the fatal FIU bridge collapse. In a time when Miami is supposed to be cracking down on the type of shoddy construction that caused the Surfside condo collapse, Miami Dade County is instead giving contracts left and right to Arquitectonica including the demolition of the Coconut Grove Playhouse which is on the City and National Historic Registeries of historically designated landmarks.

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/97b2ed_2e2fe0b29aef4a14b7d57cd3f1e8afbf.pdf

https://therealdeal.com/miami/2019/01/03/mybrickell-condo-owners-sue-related-arquitectonica-and-three-other-firms-alleging-
shoddy-design-and-construction/

https://www.thenextmiami.com/brickell-city-centre-developer-suing-arquitectonica-contractors-over-design-construction-defects/

https://www.thenextmiami.com/brickell-city-centre-discovers-panels-at-risk-of-falling-causing-injury-or-death-schedules-emergency-constructionm/

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

> 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
2 years ago

YES A WELCOME SIGN!!! WHAT?

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

Looks like the One Brickell towers if they fell down.