Miami Beach, FL
The famed Faena Forum in Miami Beach is the striking centerpiece of the Faena District West of Collins, a unique locale that stretches between Indian Creek and the Atlantic beachfront. The development dynamically integrates cultural, residential, hotel, retail, culinary and public environments.
The Forum includes a 51,000 SF arts center, 7,000 SF performance hall, 32,000 SF retail center, and a 63,000 SF parking structure.
The center is divided into two volumes – a cylinder that accommodates gathering spaces and a cube of hotel and meeting rooms. On the building’s third level, the Assembly Hall occupies both the cylinder and the cube. Since each volume has a distinct form and character, the two halves of the Assembly Hall can be used separately or in combination for a variety of uses.
The interior features a lobby amphitheater sporting Rosa Portugal pink marble floors and includes a technical set-up for surround projections.
Below the cylinder, an exterior plaza along Collins Avenue was created. The cantilever, which shelters and shades the outdoor plaza, is supported by a structural facade of white cast-in-place concrete with high performance glazing infill panels.
Parking takes center stage at Faena Park. Like the Forum, the parking garage is composed of pre-cast concrete panels with slanted, geometric perforations to provide air circulation and glimpses of the cars stacked inside.