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Faena Forum, Faena Bazaar and Park / OMA

  • 13:45 - 29 November, 2016
Faena Forum, Faena Bazaar and Park / OMA
Faena District. Image © Iwan Baan
Faena District. Image © Iwan Baan

Faena Forum. Image © Iwan Baan Faena Forum. Image © Iwan Baan Forum Dome. Image © Iwan Baan Faena Distric. Image © Iwan Baan +48

  • Concept Design – Design Development

    Project Architect: Clarisa Garcia Fresco, Paxton Sheldhal Team: Clarisa Garcia Fresco, Lawrence Siu, Francesca Portesine, Ravi Kamisetti, Ted Lin, Jesung Park, Anupama Garla, Andy Westner, Daniel Queseda Lombo, Andrew Mack, Caroline Corbett, Denis Bondar, Ahmadreza Schricker, Darien Williams, Gabrielle Marcoux, Marcela Ferreira, Jenni Ni Zhan, Lisa Hollywood, Paul Tse, Sarah Carpenter, Carla Hani, Sean Billy Kizy, Simona Solarzano, Ivan Sergejev, Tamara Levy, Matthew Austin, Ben Halpern
  • Construction Documentation - Construction Administration

    Project Architect: Clarisa Garcia Fresco, Paxton Sheldhal (BOS|UA), Team: Yusef Ali Denis, Slava Savova, Cass Nakashima, Ariel Poliner, Jackie Woon Bae, Matthew Haseltine, Salome Nikuradze, Simon McKenzie
  • Contractor

    Layton Construction
  • Project Management

    Gardiner & Theobald, Inc., Claro Development Solutions
  • Architect of Record

    Revuelta Architecture International, PA
  • Landscape Architect

    Raymond Jungles, Inc.
  • Civil Engineer

    Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer

    DeSimone Consulting Engineers
  • MEP & Fire Engineer

    Hufsey Nicolaides Garcia Suarez Consulting Engineers
  • Lighting

    Tillotson Design Associates
  • Elevator

    Persohn Hahn Associates
  • Acoustic

    Electro-Media Design, Ltd., Stages Consultants, LLC
  • Exterior Building Envelope

    IBA Consultants, Inc.
  • Parking

    Tim Haahs Engineers
  • Theatre Consultant

    Stages Consultants, LLC
  • Food Service Consultant

    Clevenger Frable and Lavallee, Inc.
  • Architectural Concrete Consultant

    Reginald Hough Associates
  • Life Safety

    SLS Consulting, Inc.
  • Security

    Security Industry Specialist, Inc.
  • More SpecsLess Specs
Faena District. Image © Iwan Baan
Faena District. Image © Iwan Baan

From the architect. As the cultural core of the Faena District, the Forum provides a focal point to the neighborhood and to the mid-Beach zone at large. The ensemble of three buildings – the Faena Forum, Faena Bazaar and Parking—enrich Faena’s hotel and residential components along Collins Avenue, providing a dynamic symmetry between the district’s cultural and commercial programming across Miami Beach’s main thoroughfare.

Faena Forum. Image © Iwan Baan
Faena Forum. Image © Iwan Baan
Faena Forum. Image © Iwan Baan
Faena Forum. Image © Iwan Baan

The existing site presented three distinct conditions for the three distinct programs– a large, wedge shaped site for the Forum, a protected historic art deco hotel for the Bazaar and an empty lot allocated for parking. Although the Faena District enjoys a unique location spanning two waterfronts, the cultural components were positioned on the quieter, residential zone along Indian Creek rather than the activated Atlantic beachfront.

Faena Forum Section
Faena Forum Section
© Kris Tamburello
© Kris Tamburello

The Forum claims the heart of the complex by addressing this urban context with two volumes that generate distinct frontages toward Indian Creek Drive and Collins Avenue. Embedded within the residential zone west of Collins, the Forum’s cube and cylinder achieve the same intimate scale as the Bazaar and Park. The Forum’s circular plan enables the public domain to expand, activating pedestrian movement within the district. A 45-foot cantilever allows the landscaped plaza to slip under the Forum along Collins, providing a dramatic sense of arrival.

Forum Spiral Balcony. Image © Iwan Baan
Forum Spiral Balcony. Image © Iwan Baan

The combination of the Forum’s classical dome space with a black box theater in the main assembly space provide the ultimate flexibility for the diverse programming of Faena’s multifaceted ambitions. Combined, the full layout has the capacity for large scale events. Independently, the spaces can be divided to host distinct events, with dedicated acoustics and arrival. The Forum represents endless possibilities to host a range of events - from concerts to conventions; roundtable discussion to banquets; intimate exhibitions to art fairs- all within a single evening. Liberated from obligations to operate as a strictly institutional or a strictly commercial entity, the Forum presents a new typology for interaction, leveraging the ambiguous advantage of Faena’s redefinition of culture.

Faena Distric. Image © Iwan Baan
Faena Distric. Image © Iwan Baan
Faena District Section
Faena District Section
Faena District. Image © Iwan Baan
Faena District. Image © Iwan Baan
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Inalco Ceramics · December 15, 2016

Absolutely beautiful.

Anton · November 30, 2016

I haven't been to too many OMA projects, but from the few earlier works I have had the chance to visit, it's interesting to note the stark difference of palette of materials used in this project (dare I say they are 'refined' and 'nice', in comparison to the earlier 'industrial' and 'raw' choices...). Perhaps this might be a sign of trending away from the earlier avant-garde to a more 'let's get & keep business while keeping a positive appearance in the public view'?

Interesting comment by Sean in and of itself.

Sean · November 30, 2016

All you moral (left leaning) social warriors seem to have an affinity for any body, architect, politician, dictator or democrat for that matter who claims to govern according to science, whether that be “scientific socialism” or just plain old numbers-based public policy. Rather than work out a view of anthropology and seek to truly understand human beings according to our nature, it is far easier for some to default to the materialist view of humankind. You all assume “economic man,” and then crunch numbers. That way you can avoid moral judgments and just keep stressing that the right amount of technical tweaks and educated guesses will produce economic viability and social peace. Above all, ignore the “moralizers” who keep harping about all those eggs being broken without the appearance of an omelet.


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Faena Forum. Image © Iwan Baan

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