Located in downtown Miami Beach, a former parking lot is now a shaded green oasis that serves as an actively programmed gathering space and outdoor foyer to the Frank Gehry-designed New World Symphony Building. While a partner at West 8, !melk’s founder Jerry van Eyck was the principal-in-charge responsible for winning the project.
The design vocabulary of the park’s ground plane is composed of forms that relate to the symphony building’s geometries. White concrete pathways contrast with undulating lawns that have edges with integrated seating. A “veil” of veitchia palms provides shade; a pleasant refuge from Miami’s scorching heat. The edges of the park are animated by three spectacular trellis structures, overgrown with bougainvillea. These gateway structures create bright pink gateways with forms that recall the dramatic cumulus clouds of Miami’s skies.
The park design integrates a state of the art sound system that works in conjunction with the building’s massive exterior projection wall. Concerts occurring within the New World Symphony building are simultaneously screened for public enjoyment in the park.
Following Jerry van Eyck’s initial involvement establishing the design concept, his former firm West 8 took the project into the final design and construction stages.
West 8 (Jerry van Eyck principal-in-charge), Cummins Cederberg (civil engineer), Pentagram (graphics & identity design)
Honor Award, ASLA New York (2015), Honor Award, AIA Institute (2012), Excellence in Structural Engineering Award, NCSEA (2012), Frederic B. Stresau Award (2011), Award of Excellence, ASLA Florida (2011)