New World Center — 2011 Global Award for Excellence Winner

New World Center

About the New World Center

Developer/Owner: New World Symphony
Architect: Gehry Partners, LLP
Location: Miami Beach, Florida

Why the New World Center?

The critically acclaimed New World Center is the anchor for the redevelopment of the Miami Beach city center. Designed by Frank Gehry, New World Center is an innovative facilitiy for classical music education and performance with state-of-the-art technical capabilities. Unique to this design, Gehry’s signature free-flowing forms are in the interior, housed within an 80-foot-high glass and steel box. The front façade of glass and white stucco incorporates a 7,000 SoundScape, the adjacent 2.5-acre City green space designed by the Dutch landscape architecture firm West 8. To the west is the Pennsylvania Avenue Garage, a new City owned and operated 550-car garage designed by Gehry Partners, that connects to the New World Center via a covered walkway. The site, located on two city blocks bordered by Lincoln Lane, 17th Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, and Washington Avenue was previously used as surface parking.


The New World Center…

New World Center

A New World Symphony WALLCAST, view from Miami Beach Soundscape

  • Used a private/public partnership that leveraged $45 million in public funds to secure $141 million in private philanthropy.
  • Was (New World Center, City owned/operated public garage and 2.5 acre SoundScape) built on time and on budget.
  • Offers free access to classical music/cultural offerings through innovative integration of New World Center with SoundScape.
  • Facilitates mission while providing sustainable revenue stream through third-party rentals through its design.
  • Uniquely integrates architecture, technology, education and culture designed to facilitate interest and experimentation.

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