The Dutch architectural practice OMA offered a proposal to transform the Miami Beach Convention Center into an urban landmark through a massive project spreading over 52 acres.
The new convention center will also host a hotel on its top and OMA will work along with the property developers Tishman and UIA, with the architects from TVSdesign and the landscape architects MMVA and Raymond Jungles who form the South Beach ACE team.
The current convention center is quite obsolete and spreads over an area that is too wide for its purpose, and the space could be better used to maintain the convention center while also maximizing the potential of the space.
The convention center is the location of the annual Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami trade fairs and the new project wants to offer an expansion and reorganization of the place by rotating it 90 degrees and moving its entrance toward the south so that it will face landmarks of Miami such as the Jackie Gleason Theater.
The new hotel will have 800 rooms and the north will be transformed into a network of green gardens in the shape of a hill and it will contain the loading area for trucks and parking garage below the ground level, offering a new green area for the city on the surface.