dror's miamilift wins dawntown's 2013 landmark miami competition
dror's miamilift wins dawntown's 2013 landmark miami competition dror's miamilift wins dawntown's 2013 landmark miami competition
may 09, 2013

dror's miamilift wins dawntown's 2013 landmark miami competition

‘miamilift’, the 2013 dawntown landmark miami competition winning proposal by drorall images courtesy of dror





dror has won dawntown‘s 2013 landmark miami ideas competition.


the theme this year looked at how cities have come to be identified by individual structures within them,with a brief that invited creatives develop a new symbol for the coastal city–an architectural feature which stands out while also contributing to the image the miami currently projects.


the new york-based studio’s winning proposal ‘miamilift’ draws on the popularity of the metropolis as a holiday getaway, known for its abundant number of beaches, thriving mix of cultures, as well as its port location, making it a prime cruise docking point. dror’s design has been conceived as triangular-shaped volume which appears as if it is being peeled away from the ground, lifted above the water’s edge. his scheme includes a number of programs including retail, restaurant and café, theater, media library and exhibition space, all of which will offer panoramic views of the city and atlantic ocean.



the volume appears as if it is rising out of the ocean



a visualization of what the landmark would look like in the context of the miami skyline



a view from above



diagramatic section






site plan







  • looks cool, but how does it work structurally? if there are going to be a lot of bracing, which we can find in many cantilever architecture projects, I think the shapes and locations of those opening might be very different.

    twny says:
  • Un concept architectural très innovant. Les immeubles ne poussent plus à la verticale, mais plutôt à l’horizontal. On dirait que les lois de l’apesanteur n’existent plus!!

    aurelia-m says:
  • ah, it’s like the trunk of a robotic white elephant.

    idle_crane says:

    G. C. BROWN says:
  • Stunning! Extremely clever and at once an overwhelming delight to see and behold. Big Congrats!

    KenRoxx says:
  • how many entrants were there in this competition…one? seems like Dror took this from Bjarke Ingels’ bottom drawer

    Chapmaniac says:
  • Hmm… that is a BIG gesture. It reminds me of the work of some other BIG architecture company. I cant help but feel this is a BIG cut and paste of another architect’s style. Its a shame the concept doesn’t make use of the BIG space underneath the cantilever in its section. If it were up to another BIG architect, I’m sure they would have thought about how to more creatively utilize that BIG roofscape. I saw an aerial rendering of the BIG airplane window shot somewhere before as well. I also suppose they are going to have BIG structural issues, and in reality I dont know of any building material that would even allow something this BIG and unsupported to be built. But I appreciate the effort on submitting a BIG idea. Congrats to the designers on the BIG win.

    CSKY says:
  • hmmmmmmmmm…..

    it´s an icon, BUT An almost “impossible” architectural realisation…

    Maybe it was the purpose of the theme competition!!!!!!
    —– “How cities have come to be identified by individual structures within them” —-

    Best of lucks to the winners.

    Wondering says:
  • Unrealistic. Can’t be buillt. Cut the park in 2 parts. Receives the not so pleasant miami sun directly on the main facade (from the east) with no visible protection…But they still won …mmmmmhhhh I don’t know…”Show off” Architecture…not much thought?

    odart says:

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