Two of the most highly sought-after architecture practices in the industry are going head-to-head in a competition for the masterplanning of the 52-acre Miami Beach Convention Center site. OMA (Netherlands) and Bjarke Ingels Group (Denmark) are the final two contenders in the high profile design competition and have recently released visualisations of their concepts.
The competition challenged entrants to modernise and expand the aging convention centre at Miami Beach, incorporating a new hotel and private developments into a vacant expanse currently occupied by an asphalt parking lot. The Miami Beach Convention Center was built in 1957 and has undergone several renovations and expansion projects over the last decades. It currently operates out of four rooms, each of which holds approximately 12,000 people.