Here it is, publicly revealed for the first time: Arquitectonica and Fentress Architects’ plan for the Miami Beach Convention Center, which is being rushed to begin construction before the end of next year.
It replaces a previous design by master architect Rem Koolhaas, which was scrapped following the election of Philip Levine as mayor. Koolhaas had won out in a design competition that also included Bjarke Ingels and Zaha Hadid.
News of Arquitectonica’s selection as exterior architect of the Miami Beach Convention Center was first reported by exMiami in August.
Although Arquitectonica’s design is underwhelming compared to previous proposals, Miami Beach’s officials seem anxious to start work and are unlikely to further delay renovations to the aging center.
Landscape design and plans for a park on what is currently a surface parking lot are being handled by Dutch landscape architect West 8, who also designed the Soundscape park in front of the New World Symphony.
Scrapped Koolhaas plans: