Faena Forum has been designed as a series of large flexible spaces that can accommodate a variety of events from a temporary culinary pop up to an acoustically optimal concert, with everything in between the realms of traditional art galleries to new and innovative cultural programs.
Partners: Shohei Shigematsu, Jason Long Associate-in-Charge: Jake Forster
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
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.
Contractor: Layton Construction
Two volumes, a classic cylinder and a black box cube that are similar in size, can be combined or subdivided to support any type of production, from projects and commissions to performances, exhibitions and events. An exterior plaza along Collins Avenue features a 46-foot cantilever and reflecting pool upon arrival.
The cantilever is supported by a structural facade of concrete cast as a series of arches and catenary curves, overlaid with a hurricane grid. The structural façade of 350 distinct windows also allows for vast column free spaces on the building’s two main levels. The lobby amphitheater features Rosa Portugal pink marble floors and technical capabilities for surround projections.
The upper floor assembly hall features a 40-foot-high dome with a central glazed oculus and a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking Indian Creek that can also be used for loading large scale art. A walkway that spirals up the interior wall of the Forum from street level to the top of the dome provides visitors with a range of perspectives on the space and additional seating. Combined, the balcony spiral, dome and cube have the capacity to host over 1,000 visitors.
Faena Bazaar is a renovation of the historic Atlantic Beach Hotel, built in 1939 and designed by prominent Miami Beach architect Roy France, whose work includes the Saxony and Versailles, both part of Faena District. In addition to preserving the building’s original façade details and lobby entrance, OMA’s design inserted an intimate central courtyard, unified by privacy screen and a penthouse terrace with views to the Atlantic Ocean. The Bazaar will provide curated ground floor retail and event space in upper levels.
Faena Park is a state-of-the-art parking structure with a capacity for 81 cars, as well as retail spaces at the street and top level. The 28,000 square foot structure features a mechanical system with parking lifts that stacks cars 2 per space for maximum efficiency. An exposed glass shaftway on 35thstreet reveals the vehicular and passenger movement within the building’s structure.
The precast concrete façade features angled perforations allowing for ventilation and controlled views, subtlety reflecting the color of cars parked within The elevators descend to a subterranean level of parking that connects all three sites with a capacity for an additional 154 cars. Faena Park will be programmed with street level retail and an upper level retail area with views to the Atlantic Ocean.