After several months of heated contest for the Miami Beach Convention Center Redevelopment project, the Miami Beach City Commission chose Rem Koolhaas and OMA's curvy, contemporary proposal as the winner. The competition turned fierce back in May, when OMA was selected as a finalist along with BIG, whose founder Bjarke Ingels previously worked for OMA. (It didn't help that both designs were defined by sinuous lines and patches of green space.) Now, Koolhaas will join Miami-based firm UIC and landscape architect Raymond Jungles, forming a team known as South Beach Ace, to oversee the renovation of the current convention center.
Rather than clearing out space for new construction, OMA's design places an 800-room hotel that takes the the form of an arc with a stepped back roof and extensive windows on top of the current convention center.
The proposal implements an ample amount of green public spaces around the site, including a 54-foot-high artificial hill (exceptionally tall for Florida standards) at the center of the district.
Reflecting the flash and pizazz of Miami, the new center's façade will be lit up at night by fluorescent lights and colorful pixelated signage. With Miami's continuous boom in contemporary, cutting-edge buildings, OMA's proposal finds a comfortable middle ground in mitigating dense new construction and urban regeneration.
With the approval of a public vote in November, Miami's revitalized convention center will open in 2018.
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