Fentress Architects were selected to redesign Miami's convention center and provide upgraded facilities and amenities which would transform the area into a venue for world-renowened event. The new Miami Beach Convention Center achieved a LEED Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council thanks to its state-of-the-art responsive facade.
The new design takes its inspiration from the ocean, emulating the movement of coral reefs, waves, and manta rays. Media sculptures located in the new grand lobby of the center reference fan corals, and incorporate digital art and banners that provide information about each show.
The new facility will include a 60,000-square-foot ballroom and 127,000 square feet of meeting spaces. Thanks to Miami‘s warm climate, the center also features outdoor meeting spaces, tropical gardens, game lawns, shade gardens, pavilions, and water features.
The undulating facade was designed according to extensive studies of daylighting analyses, which enabled the architects to determine the best ways of minimizing and maximizing the natural light available.