London-based Architect Reveals Cutting-Edge Collins Park Garage Design

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The Miami Beach Condo Journal revealed its South Beach Design of the Week, following the release of cutting-edge plans for a new parking garage in South Beach’s Collins Park neighborhood by London-based architects Zaha Hadid.

The Miami Beach Condo Journal’s South Beach Design of the Week is the stylish new design released for an $18.5-million parking garage planned for South Beach. According to the Miami Herald, the parking garage, designed by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects, would include 489 parking spaces, 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and a glass elevator shaft. The structure is planned to sit between the Miami City Ballet and the Miami Beach Regional Library; the idea would be to close Liberty Avenue where it cuts between the two and use the resulting space to build the retail/restaurant plaza.

While the design is in its early stages, the plans that have been released are very ambitious. The parking garage would rise five levels, spaced to allow for natural light and views from the garage. The west side of the garage, in the shadow of the parking tower, would feature a retail and restaurant plaza; the east side, behind the library, would showcase the elevator and swirling staircase to the parking garage, leading at the the bottom to a designer grass and concrete plaza. The garage would be reachable from any South Beach condo and most St. Regis condos, designed to serve not only the plaza but the surrounding ballet and library as well.

The architectural firm heading the project is Zaha Hadid Architects, a firm out of London. Spokesmen for the firm have revealed big plans for the project, hoping that it becomes “an active participant” in the cultural offerings of the Collins Park area. Potential improvements to the project’s current design may include space for it to become a sculpture park, an events venue, or possibly incorporating the library wall into in-house art displays.

Miami Beach is no stranger to impressive, modern designer parking structures. The Ballet Valet on Collins and Seventh Street and a new municipal garage currently underway in Sunset Harbor both boast innovative new designs, courtesy of Miami-based Arquitectonica. The origami-like appearance of the 1111 Lincoln Road Garage was designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron; that garage is a popular destination for parties and weddings, in addition to its parking uses. Even celebrated American architect Frank Gehry has contributed a garage to Miami Beach; he designed the structure next to the New World Center.

There might be some zoning and ordinance issues with the proposed plan for the structure; the 56-foot height exceeds the city’s limit of 50 feet for built-out properties. However, variances are available, and pending approval and some concessions from the city, construction of the structure could begin in fall 2014.

The Miami Beach Condo Journal announced that designs for the dazzling new parking garage to be built in Collins Park were its South Beach Design of the Week. The Collins Park Garage, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, is planned to go between the Miami City Ballet and the Miami Beach Regional Library on Liberty Avenue; part of Liberty will be closed to allow construction of the structure. The project is expected to cost $18.5 million.

Miami Beach Condo Journal is an online publication which reports on South Beach home design, Miami architecture and housing stories.

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