Designed by Leon Lai and Eric Tan of PinkCloud.DK, INFLATABLE is one of five winning projects announced for the 2011 DawnTown Miami Floating Stage Competition. The annual architecture ideas competition seeks to bring creative, innovative, and inspiring new solutions to Downtown Miami and to the city of Miami at large.
INFLATABLE seeks to revitalize the Miami Marine Stadium into a major venue for performances while simultaneously creating one of Miami’s newest icons. The bold visual identity of project aims to establish a connection with the inhabitants of Miami. More images and architects’ description after the break.
A Modern Icon in Distress
Built in 1963, the Miami Marine Stadium was designed by Hilario Candela. It has since fallen into disrepair through years of vandalism and neglect. PinkCloud.DK intends to draw attention to this abandoned gem with an inflatable innovation. INFLATABLE focuses on three main agendas: 1) Ease of use and transportation. 2) Inexpensive construction and maintenance. 3) Unique identity to attract attention to the Miami Marine Stadium.
Utilizing helium as the main form of structure, Project INFLATABLE achieves a vast span of 280ft; it is tied down by six anchor cables. The immense size of the floating disc allows for maximum flexibility and shading for the stage below while simultaneously creating an icon visible from downtown Miami. Helium allows for efficient setup, convenient transport, and massive diameter with minimal structural support. INFLATABLE also aims for quick disassembly and negligible storage space.
How the INFLATABLE works
The floating disc itself is perforated to allow natural light onto the stage, creating a unique spatial experience for the audience below. Its extensive surface area allows for the installation of PV solar panels, generating electricity for LED lights.
Miami Marine Stadium – Revitalized
INFLATABLE embodies a catalyst for the development and revitalization of the Miami Marine Stadium. By building a strong public connection to the existing stadium, INFLATABLE seeks to establish itself as a leading destination for the Miami community and visiting tourists alike.
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