After a fierce competition, OMA has been named the winner of the Miami Beach Convention Center design competition, beating out BIG with its proposal for the 52-acre mixed-use development. The competition came with a fair bit of controversy, as commissioners revealed that negotiations with design teams had been taped. But in the end, OMA's plan won out because it would cost less in public funds and construction could be completed quicker.
The winning team, dubbed South Beach ACE, which was headlined by OMA, also included architects TVSdesign, landscape architects MVVA and Raymond Jungles, and developers Tishman and UIA. The plan calls for rotating the convention center 90 degrees and moving its entrance to the south, where it will face the renovated Jackie Gleason Theater. An 800-room hotel will be added to the top of the existing convention center building. “By effectively rotating the building, we have managed to make it simultaneously a better citizen within Miami Beach and a more efficient convention facility,” the architects explained in their proposal.
The plan also calls for developing a variety of inviting green spaces around the convention center. A band of landscaping will surround the convention center, serving as a green buffer between the convention center and the surrounding city. With the landscaping, the team will seek to transform the site from one dominated by asphalt to a “green oasis” within the city.
“We are thrilled to be chosen to develop one of the most significant urban districts in the US,” wrote OMA partners Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu in a statement. “Our design will reintegrate Miami’s vital convention center with its neighbors, offering new facilities as well as amplifying the character of this exciting city.”