Broadway Malyan Beat Out Zaha, Bjarke To Design PortMiami Terminal

Royal Caribbean announced that they have selected the winner of a design competition for a new cruise terminal at PortMiami.

The five entries came from:

  • Broadway Malyan (winning design, nicknamed ‘Crown of Miami.’ See renderings below)
  • Aedas (which looked like a giant, bright blue Transformers toy)
  • Bjarke Ingels (inspired by Lincoln Road – canopies stacked atop each other, along with a park and trees inside the terminal)
  • Zaha Hadid (very futuristic, with a concert hall inside)
  • Asymptote (draped with “a billion LED lights” for a different display every night)

Descriptions of the designs came from RCL’s John Tercek, via Travel Weekly.

Broadway Malyan’s proposal was selected because of their creative thinking and cutting-edge design, RCL said.

The 170,000-square-foot terminal is nicknamed the ‘Crown of Miami’ because of its distinct shape. The design evokes the points of the symbolic headgear when viewed from the water; the ‘M’ of Miami when viewed from the east or western approaches; and a sense of waves rising or ships passing when viewed from the terminal side. At night, the terminal’s facade will be lit ensuring that the building makes a striking impression and providing a dynamic addition to the PortMiami landscape.

The new terminal will be able to handle the world’s largest cruise ship, which will be moved from its current base in Fort Lauderdale.

In addition to the new terminal, RCL will build a $20 million innovation lab at their headquarters, which is also based at PortMiami.

Miami-Dade commissioners are scheduled to vote on the public-private partnership on July 6.

If approved, completion is expected in 2018.

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Anonymous
5 years ago

Well at least its not Arquitectonica

Ricky
5 years ago

” The crown of Miami ” wow. It looks like a beauty. clean design.

Danny Costa
5 years ago

Beautiful!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Any chance we could see the other proposals, granted this one fits in well with the other terminals…always an outside firm when we get something nice

Anonymous
5 years ago

Very nice design. But I am curious to see the other contending designs.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Lol. I want to see this design,

Aedas (which looked like a giant, bright blue Transformers toy)

marc
5 years ago

Me too!

Karl
5 years ago

The winning selection says a lot about RC and their commitment to doing a signature design. Of the 5 firms, 2 are starchitects, ZAHA and BIG and would design something over the top. Both firms are busy and can spend the time to come up with something that is not practical nor affordable and it will not hurt their reputations. Broadway Malyan and Aedas are European/Asian Centric firms that are large and more routed in getting practical yet doable solutions. Asymptote seems like a wannabe Zaha that lacks the creativity or vision that either Zaha and BIG have. The reason seems to be that of the 5, they are a practice of 2 designers that dictate the solutions in comparison to the others that are routed in team work solutions. The Asymptote suggestion of 1B LED lights for a $100M terminal is absurd given that the location has limited visibility and that they would want to have rotating content…sounds like fun, but a colossal misreading of their client. Royal Caribbean are in the midst of building out the largest cruise ships, why would they go out and leverage 100s of millions more for a portal terminal? Seems they picked the practical solution that is elegant and simple. The solution fits the site well.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I bet Zaha’s and Bjarke’s designs must have been more expensive to build.
Shame they didn’t get picked but I still think this is a nice looking project.

Edin
5 years ago

I approve, it’s sharp,clean and simple look.
Reminds me of one of Vikings old ships (picture number four).

Anonymous
5 years ago

I think it’s a nice cool design
It will be nice to see something built on that lot..
Glad to see they are spending money and bringing larger ships

suomynona
5 years ago

I really don’t find it to be an impressive structure. Certainly not a bad or ugly one, but not a “crown” of anything, in my opinion.

I, too, would like to see the other designs.

Null
5 years ago

Wow! Sexy design.
Where can we see the other designs that didn’t win though? I’m interested in what late Zaha Hadid’s design looked like.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Traffic? U think that tunnel was a coincidence or that Rcl came up with this grand idea a year ago? Nah…

Anonymous
5 years ago

But what about traffic?!?!??!?! *sorry. nobody said it yet so I just wanted to get it out of the way*