By the efforts of preservationists, architects and fans, the
neglected Miami Marine Stadium was put under legal protection as a
historical landmark, buying more time for it’s internationally supported
restoration. Down Town’s Floating Stage Competition
is conceived as an incentive for keeping the stadium cause in the
global public eye. It drew more than 80 entries from around the world.
The main requirement of the competition was to enable the future stage
to navigate to other sites around Miami’s Biscayne Bay.
The first place went to Nebraskan Abingo Wu Studio, for their Miami Pearl
proposal. A floating orb, partly submerged under the water would
contain a circular stage. Functionally versatile, not to mention
navigational, the Pearl stage was characterized by jury members as a "gorgeous design".
A close second place was Inflatable, by
Pink Cloud.DK.Design Group from Denmark. A mushroom shaped disc,
helium-inflated and punctured by openings allows the penetration of
natural light. The disc serves as a canopy for the stage. The stage
itself in made of transportable elements.
The first local entry breaking into the top three was designed by Igor Reyes and Coral Gables. Their proposal under the name The Waterbox involves a stage of a more orthogonal layout, with walls made of illuminated, cascading water.
A floating skate park, consisting of five ramps
connected to the bank by footbridges took fourth place. Central area of
the structure is a hexagonal landing, beneath which are situated all the
technical facilities. By lifting of the ramps the structure takes shape
of a band shell, suitable for any kind of venue.
Hull? Sail? Whirlwind? is the title of the
fifth finalist. The design intentionally recalls both the curves of
watercrafts and the roof shape of Miami Stadium. It is a family of
structures floating freely near the Miami shore. Emerging from the
triangular platforms are boatlike tensile canopies. By joining and
separating, the stages can accommodate large event as well as more
intimate community gatherings.