Miami’s parade of starchitects marches on

It’s only a matter of time before a three block stretch of Biscayne Boulevard in Downtown Miami becomes one of the most architecturally important districts in the Americas.

zaha bigToday’s news that Zaha Hadid will be designing the new 60-story One Thousand Museum condominium is the latest example of a premier architect descending on the Magic City.

In fact, the three block area encompassing Hadid’s project, theAdrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and the new Museum Park Complex across the street — home to Grimshaw’s Frost Museum of Science and Herzog & de Meuron’s Perez Art Museum Miami — will be packed with enough architectural juice to excite even the surliest architecture critic.

Once Hadid’s building is up, there’s a possibility that four — count ’em, four — Pritzker Prize winning architects will have designed buildings within walking of each other: Herzog & de Meuron’s Miami Art Museum(aka PAMM), IM Pei’s planned 1400 Biscayne project, Cesar Pelli’s Arsht Center, and One Thousand Museum.

MSM_4_Roofscape01.previewA short drive across the bay and you’re in Miami Beach, where Pritzker winners Frank Gehry, Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas have all staked their claim. Koolhaas is part of theSouth Beach ACE development team competing for the prvilige to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center and the surrounding 52-acres through a partnership with the City.

OMA _ West Concourse Collage- Press smal.previewNeedless to say, Miami is an architecture student’s dream these days. Now if we could just figure out a way to get rid of the unsightly Miami Herald building… Oh wait, there’s a plan for that too.