OMA-designed Faena District project opens in Miami


A $1.2bn, three-block project designed by Netherlands-based architect OMA has been opened to the public at the new cultural Faena District in Miami Beach.

Faena Forum, Faena Park, and Faena Bazaar were built for the site along Collins Avenue.

Faena Forum's lead designer Shohei Shigematsu said: “Our creative partnership with Faena began with identity research and has evolved into urban design, programming, building-making, and scenography.

“These diverse investigations had a profound impact on the Forum's ability to accommodate the programmatic demands of functioning as a new typology for interaction." 

"Our creative partnership with Faena began with identity research and has evolved into urban design, programming, building-making, and scenography."

The Faena Forum is a 50,000ft2 arts venue with two main levels designed with vast stretches of column-free space and supported by a structural facade of 350 distinct windows.

The building has two blocks including a cylindrical events hall connected to a cuboid containing a hotel and meeting rooms, reported Dezeen.

The 28,000ft2 Faena car park has been designed to accommodate 81 cars, which are stacked to offer more space for the retail section.

OMA renovated the Atlantic Beach Hotel built 1939 to create Faena Bazaar, a retail and event space that has been designed to provide 1,865m2 of shopping and events space and is scheduled to open in March 2017, reported Dezeen.