Miami Marine Stadium
City of Miami, FL
The Miami Marine Stadium, a historically designated site under the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was once home to a multitude of water sporting events and concerts in South Florida. Designed by 27-year-old, Cuban-born architect Hilario Candela, the 326-foot fold-plate roof was the longest span of cantilevered concrete at the time. It is a masterwork of civic architecture and modern construction and has earned recognition as a tour de force of design and engineering.
In the wake of Hurricane Andrew, the 6-acres of land in which the stadium sat and the 170-acres of water basin surrounding it were closed, deemed unsafe under Miami-Dade County building codes. But after years of deliberation, the City of Miami has moved forward with the restoration and redevelopment of the site as a recreational venue and park space amenity. As a result of this deliberative process, Curtis + Rogers Design Studio, Inc. was retained by the City to provide design services, from Concept Design to Construction Documentation.
Our design embraces the historical significance of the stadium landmark. Its central axis, a roundabout entryway, serves as the framework for a grandiose entry procession that celebrates the water-to-water connections of roadside beaches along the scenic Rickenbacker Causeway to the revered Miami Marine Stadium and its water basin.
The iconic dazzling architecture and its waterfront setting with spectacular views of downtown Miami will become the attraction and point of pride for the city, allowing it to celebrate and showcase Miami’s resiliency through infrastructure that will engage and adapt to the forces of climate change and Sea-Level Rise.