Cesar Pelli Has Died, Designed Arsht Performing Arts Center To Bring ‘Mountains’ To Miami’s Flat Landscape

Architect Cesar Pelli has died at 92, his architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli has announced.

In Miami, Pelli designed two major projects, one of which remains under construction.

Downtown Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts was designed by Pelli with “two theaters [that] rise like artificial mountains on the flat Miami landscape,” according to a press release from Pelli upon its completion.

The arts center opened in 2006 and ended up costing taxpayers around $500 million after construction and cost overruns, hundreds of millions more than originally expected.

It is now considered highly successful. FIU professor Les Standiford says that the Arsht “is spoken in the same breath as the Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in D.C.” in the arts community.

Also under construction in Miami is the $1 billion, 60-story Residences by Armani Casa in Sunny Isles designed by Pelli.

(photos: pelli clarke pelli)

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

R.I.P to a Legend Architect

Anonymous
2 years ago

Died at the age of 92… man, that’s living, especially when hear about people dying at age 17, 20, 22, 32, 37, etc… before 40!

RIP Cesar Pelli, hope I get lucky enough to live as long as you did.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Melody killed him

Anonymous
2 years ago

my exact thought …!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I never thought of them as “two mountains rising out of the flat land”. Huh! Calatrava or Hadid would have been soooooo much better.BUT, I’m glad we have the “mountains”anyway. Been there plenty of times.

POLO
2 years ago

I still think the Arsht Center turns its back on Biscayne Blvd., which on any giving day is a desolate, dead zone.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Uh.. what?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Open your eyes

Anonymous
2 years ago

I agree

A. Nonymous
2 years ago

Having Porte-cochère entrances on Biscayne for both buildings would have caused a lot of traffic backups.
Having plazas facing the boulevard is an elegant solution in a city without a lot of such public spaces.

Anonym
2 years ago

There is nothing elegant on these plazas on Biscayne Blvd. These plazas are cold and devoid of any people with a busy road going thru it. Try walking across that area on any giving day and you will see what I mean. Pelli was one of the world’s great architecs. However, he came way short on designing an inviting plaza open to the city. Instead, we got a fortress like frontage on Biscayne Blvd. POLO.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Wow. Impressive. Porte-cochere? Way too classy for the trolls here.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes. Agree. I guess he did the best he could given the site. Must have been hard to design with Biscayne splicing the place in half. I have never seen this in a cultural center anywhere else. I was always a proponent of this being built in what was then called “Bicentannial Park”. But our clueless city leaders would not have it, bowing to pressure from the “we must preserve the bay views” crowd. Only to turn around years later and allow 2 museums to be built there. Clearly no vision and no balls.I miss Maurice Ferre.

Anonymous
2 years ago

No. This was, and is, called Herald Square.
Bicentennial Park is South of I395.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Did you even read the full comment before you reacted? Herald Square was 1 Herald Plaza. No longer exists. Bicentennial Park became Museum Park and now Maurice Ferre Park. I’ve lived here 55 years. You?

Anonymous
2 years ago

“Turns its back”?
Seems like everytime I walk on the connector bridge between the Ziff and the Knight buildings, I’m in awe of how the bridge, the water features, and the Sears Roebuck tower embrace the Boulevard, but still provide calmness for those in that “courtyard”.

Anonym
2 years ago

There is no one in the “courtyard”

A. Nonymous
2 years ago

I’ve been to a number of events in the Courtyard. There’s a Monday farmer’s market too.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Pelli (maybe just his firm) also designed the first proposal for One Brickell, before Related bait and switched for more crappy Arquitectonica blobs. Thankfully, that project looks stale.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Too bad he died while the surrounding area of the Arscht Center still looks like a war zone surrounded by wasteland and derelict parking lots

Anon
2 years ago

And Melo buildings.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I beg your pardon, did Melo promise you a rose garden?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Why does everyone here put down Melo? There are many beautiful cities with lots of mediocre apartment buildings scattered amongst some other classics. Melo is providing much needed low-end rental units. No big deal.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I agree.. that’s why I asked him if the Melo Group promised him a rose garden. Plus, if anyone thinks that the buildings Melo put up are not much, much better to look at than those empty lots that were there before are just little brats who do nothing themselves but whine unnecessarily alot.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The problem is we have no classics. Only Melo and Archetectonica crap, among others.

Anonymous
2 years ago

We will soon enough. 1000 Museum, Paramount, The Waldorf Astoria, Vinoly’s twin river towers (if and when). There will be others.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“Along with the sunshine, there’s gotta be a little rain sometimes”…trolls here aren’t old enough to remember.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Same thing