OMA NY Wins Major Design Competitions in Miami Beach, Santa Monica

The city of Miami Beach has awarded its $1 billion redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center to South Beach ACE, a team including OMA, Tishman Realty and UIA Management.

OMAThe City of Miami Beach has awarded its $1 billion redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center to South Beach ACE, a team including OMA, Tishman Realty and UIA Management.

OMA’s design will transform Miami Beach’s convention center into a 21st century facility, adding an 800-room hotel, new ballroom and meeting facilities and a large public park, while reducing the overall footprint of the site and creating new connections with the urban fabric of Miami Beach.

“We are thrilled to be chosen to develop one of the most significant urban districts in the U.S.,” Shohei Shigematsu, director of OMA New York and lead designer, said in a company release. “Our design will reintegrate Miami Beach’s vital convention center with its neighbors, offering new facilities as well as amplifying the character of this exciting city.”

Back in May, proposals were sent in by both South Beach ACE and Portman-CMC for a master plan to redevelop the 52-acre Miami Beach Convention Center as part of a seven-month design competition.

By winning the competition, OMA’s design conceptually rotates the convention center, enabling strong east-west neighborhood connections through the site, running from the beach to the city. It will include a new concourse and main entry located on the south, while maintaining access on the east side for visitors walking from the nearby beach hotels.

According to Shigematsu, a new 800-room hotel and two ballrooms will be located on top of the building, fully integrating the center’s functions into one unified and quickly navigable facility. This helps limit the mass of the convention center further into the city.

The rear of the building will feature a newly landscaped public park, which will sit atop a buried garage, eliminating vast wastelands of parking lots. The establishment of a new green belt surrounding the site restores an important buffer zone of open public space that was lost during the center’s last expansion.

Additionally, the center will be set back from Washington Avenue, reducing the building’s footprint on the ground, and allowing a porous façade so that events inside the center can move outside.

The project is led by OMA partners-in-charge Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas, with Jason Long, associate, and Jake Forster, project architect, all based in New York. The South Beach ACE team includes property developers Tishman and UIA, OMA, tvs Design, landscape architects MVVA and Raymond Jungles, and traffic specialists Mobility-in-Chain.