OMA has been selected as masterplanner and lead architect for the major redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center. This success comes after OMA’s design for a large mixed-use development in Santa Monica was selected by city officials earlier this month.
South Beach ACE — a team consisting of OMA, Tishman Realty and UIA Management — will transform Miami’s convention center, home to Art Basel Miami Beach and the Miami International Boat Show, into a 21st century venue. The design adds a hotel on top of the center and a large stepped park on top of a new underground garage, while reducing the overall footprint of the site and creating new connections with the urban fabric of Miami Beach.
Shohei Shigematsu, director of OMA’s New York office, commented, “We are thrilled to be chosen to develop one of the most significant urban districts in the US. 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.”
In the Santa Monica competition, city staff selected OMA’s design for a new residential, hotel, retail and office project in the city’s downtown area. OMA’s design provides the city with 55,000 square feet of additional public space over the original site.
Shigematsu explained, “Our ambition was to contribute to Santa Monica’s sophisticated network of public spaces, from the recreational centers at the Pier and Palisades Park to commercial centers like Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place. The design provides residents, tourists, and entrepreneurs a dynamic new public realm – a stepped building that complements the ground floor plaza with a series of elevated public terraces.”
The city staff recommendation will be reviewed by Santa Monica’s City Council on August 27 before the project formally proceeds in 2014.