A giant outdoor sound and video installation was unveiled at the grand opening of the Miami Beach SoundScape project at Lincoln Park in January
The scheme, designed by Dutch landscape architects West 8, was chosen by the Miami Beach Commission in 2009 to create a dynamic outside space. The one-hectare park forms part of the New World Symphony Campus, which includes a concert hall and a conservatory where young musicians study and perform.
Centrally located in the Art District at Washington Avenue and 17th Street, the park establishes a new precedent for public spaces in the South Florida city. It has multiple functions: during the day it is a relaxing meeting place shaded by vines and palm trees, while in the evening it is a cultural hotspot, with concerts and video projected on the New World Symphony Building’s 700m² wall.
Pergolas made of hand-fabricated, painted aluminium provide shade and support the spectacular blooms of bougainvillea vines, while soft, undulating topography is visually reinforced by a white concrete mosaic of meandering pathways and low walls that provide informal seating. West 8 also designed a projection tower and ‘ballet bar’ to house the extensive multimedia equipment provided within the park.
A West 8 spokesperson described the project as “a world-class destination that marries music, design, and experience.”