Located in Miami Beach, the Faena Forum enjoys a unique site that stretches between Indian Creek and the Atlantic beachfront. OMA has designed three buildings for the three-block site along Collins Avenue - an arts center, retail bazaar and car park. These distinct functions are linked by a sequence of public domains including a plaza, courtyard and marina dock.
Partner-in-charge, Shohei Shigematsu commented: "Culture is at the core of Faena's vision, and has been the driving force for our collaboration in Miami Beach. By curating their neighborhood with programmatic diversity, Alan's sphere of influence extends beyond this development to the rest of Miami Beach."
Faena Bazaar is a renovation of the historic Atlantic Beach Hotel, built in 1939 and designed by prominent Miami Beach architect Roy France, whose work includes the Saxony and Versailles, both part of Faena District. OMA’s renovation of the historic structure preserves the form and facade of the original hotel with contemporary interventions. The facade preserves the art deco vernacular of the building’s cantilevered “eyebrow” windows and vertical fluting. Visitors can enter through the preserved lobby entrance along Collins Avenue, or from a newly inserted corridor on 33rd Street that generates direct access from the Faena Forum.
An intimate central courtyard, unified by a ceramic privacy screen, draws light down to the ground level plaza activated by events and curated retail. Circulation—elevators, pop out stairs, and corridors—are accentuated in Faena’s distinctive corporate red color, drawing visitors up to penthouse level. The rooftop pavilion and outdoor terrace provide additional event spaces with views of the Atlantic Ocean and a unique overview of the entire Faena District.