The WEST 8 designed Lincoln Park is a new meeting place in town. Centrally located in the Art District at the monumental terminus of lively Lincoln Road, the park has multiple functions. During the day the park is shaded by pergolas and palm trees. In the evening it is a cultural hotspot, one of the special attractions of the park being a video and sound installation – projecting concerts and video art on building’s 700m² wall, which serves as an outdoor screen for the park. The park is an urban garden that expresses the euphoria of Miami, and will be actively programmed for public and cultural events.
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West 8 has started design work on the 2 1/2 acre park adjacent to the New World Symphony new performance hall with a charrette last monday with Miami Beach residents. Ideas that came out of the charrette were Free Wifi, an interactive water feature, bicycle parking, public art and exotic and native planting.
Jerry van Eyck (partner at West 8) stated to the residents that they are looking for an identity for the park and that due to the parks small size the park could not have everything. Eyck also stated that it doesn’t matter how beautiful the park is and it comes down to programming.
The project has a budget of $13 million and should be completed by January 2011 for the opening of the concert hall.
The next stage of the project is another public meeting in the next few weeks with a preliminary design presentation based on the charrette.
NEWS SOURCE: Miami Herald
Dutch design firm West 8 will replace world-renowned architect Frank Gehry on a Miami Beach park project, the final component of the massive New World Symphony complex now under construction.
The firm was selected from a dozen applicants for the $13 million park project and ratified by the Miami Beach Commission in a 6-1 vote Wednesday.
Despite Gehry’s fame, West 8 was hailed by backers as better suited to design the park because of its experience in landscape architecture.
SOURCE: MiamiHerald.com – Dutch firm picked for Miami Beach park project