Miami Beach suffers from a lack of parking in areas that receive high volumes of visitors. It is a real obstacle for its residents at peak times. The city commissioned several studies for how to improve infrastructure and resident mobility. One of the conclusions was to provide additional parking both strategically and creatively. The parking structure is often seen simply as a practical requirement within an urban setting. Through considered design, the parking structure will become an inviting feature, one that will include other functions beyond simply parking.
Part of the challenge was to question the full potential of such a structure to deliver more than just a single purpose or immediate function. The design explores what a parking garage can become by simply exploring the building components inherent to the building type. A number of cultural buildings are located in area and the designs enhance the surrounding context by linking the area together to provide a unifying vision.
The Collins Park Place design brings the urban fabric of Miami Beach into the heart of the building. With facilities beyond simply car parking for almost 500 cars, the design creates an innovative new civic space for residents and visitors.
Its design is an architectural expression of the circulation paths for cars within the building. The flared edges of each looping ramp enhance this expression, while fields of slender columns are set back from the edge of the building to enable the parking levels to appear to ‘float’ above each other.
Landscaping and trees will grow in-between its structure to create green areas that will connect directly with the pedestrian areas of Liberty Avenue and Collins Park, blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior and embedding Collins Park Place within its surrounding environment.
The design creates a vibrant new public space for Miami Beach – a plaza with shops, cafes and outdoor areas adjacent to the public library and the city’s cultural institutions - with important pedestrian and urban links to the city.