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Two teams unveil plans to redevelop Miami Beach Convention Centre in US

15 May 2013 (Last Updated May 15th, 2013 18:30)

Two teams have unveiled plans to redevelop the 52-acre convention centre in Miami Beach, Florida, US.

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Two teams have unveiled plans to redevelop the 52-acre convention centre in Miami Beach, Florida, US.

The Portman-CMC team, which also includes Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and West 8, Fentress and JPA, has proposed a $1.15bn plan for the development.

Tishman Hotel & Realty-led ACE South Beach team, which also includes Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his Office for Metropolitan Architecture, has proposed a $1.2bn plan.

Under their proposal, Portman-CMC team plans to redevelop the existing convention centre around a central square known as Miami Beach Square.

After completion, the redevelopment will feature a convention hotel, a front lawn to the revitalised Jackie Gleason Theatre, a plaza for Miami Beach City Hall, a town square, an outdoor arena for the Latin American Cultural Museum and an entryway to the botanical ballroom.

The companies said they plan to bring Miami Beach back to the convention centre and introduce a central square ‘to become the pivoting point of the entire neighborhood’.

About 50% of the site is open spaces of lawns, paths, plazas, parks and gardens.

The central square will create a series of connections across the site, including a diagonal to link the Soundscape to the Botanical Gardens and Holocaust Memorial.

A north-south connection will join the Collins Canal to Lincoln Road and a green network of public spaces will bring together all of the nearby neighborhoods, formerly separated by the convention centre.

BIG and Portman-CMC have also planned a series of parks and public spaces in the development, which will join the neighborhoods currently separated by the existing convention center.

The development will also feature an 800-room hotel on the south side of the convention centre and about 125,000ft² of retail space.

BIG creative director Bjarke Ingels said, "We have devised a strategy that combines urban planning and landscape design to create a neighborhood characterised by human scale, pedestrian connections, shaded spaces with public-oriented programs lining the streets and squares."

The Miami Beach City Commission is expecting to select the winning team in June this year.

Image: The redevelopment will feature a plaza for Miami Beach City Hall and a town square. Photo: Courtesy of West 8.