Text by the architects
The New World Center, part of the New World Symphony America’s Orchestral Academy, opened its doors in 2011. Located in the heart of Miami Beach, the music education and performance facility is the first purpose-built home for the New World Symphony founded by artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas.
In terms of design the building`s exterior portrays a quiet, almost tamed Frank Gehry. The rectangle shaped white building expresses Gehry`s well known bends and folds within its interior – glimpses of which are visible through the main entrance east facade 80 foot high glass curtain wall.
The New World Center joins a wave of new architecture and design in Miami. Playing host to the most important art show in the United States, Art Basel | Miami Beach, and the 2010 National AIA Convention, Miami has been focusing its efforts on developing a new vibrant city center. Just down the street from the New World Center resides 1111 Lincoln Road designed by Herzog & de Meuron, completed last year. Currently Herzog & de Meuron are also working on the expansion for the Miami Art Museum.
Miami Beach SoundScape, the public event space designed by the Dutch landscape architecture firm West 8, is located to the east of the New World Center and to the west of the new building is Pennsylvania Avenue Garage, a new 550-car parking structure designed by Gehry Partners, LLP.
Pygmalion Karatzas` note: Our thanks to Craig Hall, Vice President for Communications, New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, for granting access and arranging for the photo shoot.