bayfront circle


2017 AIA Honor Award

Bayfront Circle Unbuilt Project

miami, FLORIDA

completion date: tbd

When hired to design a solar roof pavilion for an outdoor concert venue in Miami, we looked no further than the city itself for inspiration.  From the nearby historic Tequesta burial ground site, The Miami Circle, to the rich cultural diversity of the city, the symbol of the circle was the perfect elemental form for the project.  

Like most forward-thinking projects, the design for this roof pavilion required purpose beyond the functional requirements of a music venue.  The process started with analysis and research into each stakeholder including the client, the community and the city at large.  External factors such as sun, wind and acoustics were carefully surveyed to curate the wholistic experience of the visitor.  The venue itself required protection from the harsh Miami sun, while still providing it’s patrons with the distinct feeling of being outside on the bay.  Therefore, a retractable canopy was proposed.  In addition to serving the functions of protection from wind and rain, the awning also becomes a canvas for projections & display while also enhancing acoustics.  Topped with 736 solar panels, the circular structure glows at night to showcase the energy collected from the sun during the day.  The result, a glowing symbol of unity, infinite energy and inclusion dedicated to the diverse community of Miami. 

This Amphitheater has been re-invigorated to create a new experience for both concert goers and community. Musical performances, social gatherings, and world-renowned festivals will be heightened by culture and innovation all the while, creating a new identifiable object for the city of Miami.