visiondivision: the miami sun
visiondivision: the miami sun visiondivision: the miami sun
may 17, 2013

visiondivision: the miami sun

‘the miami sun’ – a landmark for bayfront park by visiondivision

‘the miami sun’ is a competition entry for a landmark proposal at the bayfront park in miami conceived by visiondivision. the design is meant to stand as a monument, symbolizing the good life experienced in the beach side city, while also enriching and counter balancing the existing green space and its tropical landscaping. the thin, half sphere-shaped structure, is projected to function as a hotel, with a casino on the lower floors, and an observation decks on the upper levels.

its glass facade reflects light and gradually shifts colors during the day creating a spectacular and brilliant site


the grid shell exterior is clad in glass that mimics the sun at daytime, its skin reflecting light and gradually shifting its colors during the day, creating spectacular sunrises and blazing sunsets for the park, while at night time it transforms into a half moon. the façade is coated with a film of transparent solar panels, allowing the visible spectra of sunlight to filter straight through the exterior, while blocking the high amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that is present. the amount of solar energy absorbed is more than enough to power the building, with the surplus going to the stripes of mono-frequency lights integrated into the end of each floor slab that points outward, giving the entire disc a glow. this type of illumination produces enough brilliance with a narrow frequency which makes colors other than black appear invisible, thus tinting its surroundings with specific hues, providing an enchanted atmosphere. at daytime the mono-frequency lamps are slightly dimmed emitting a shimmering effect, while at night they glow like a white milky moon.

the thin, half-sphere structure emerges from the land



the building can be reached by tender boats, much like the cruise ships which dock in the small nearby harbours–the area is a major embarkation point for these vessels because of miami’s popularity as a tourist destination and proximity to the caribbean. its remote positioning, away from the mainland heightens the monumentality of the structure, as well emphasizing its exclusiveness and independence as a self-sufficient energy producing piece of architecture. a large shallow pool is situated between bayfront park and the hotel, surrounding a small archipelago of small landscaped islands with palm trees. the pools are only waist deep so you can wade between the floating areas, offering an arena for major outdoor festivals, with the possibility to dry out the water for special events.

visiondivision has imagined a landmark which captures the soul of miami, while boosting its architectural legacy.

aerial view of the hotel and casino which features observation decks on the upper levels

by day the building appears like a blazing sun

aerial view of the site

by night it glows like a milky white moon

section and breakdown of how the solar panel facade works

site plan and axonometric view


    Yang says:
  • Insanely thoughtless design and bizarre Vegas farce. It’s essentially an enormous lightbulb/casino installed in public waterways that would obscure ocean views for downtown residents and block the iconic existing views of the cityscape and natural sunsets that are major selling points for Miami Beach condos. No one want to live in condos facing a giant floating night light.This would absolutely devastate property values and be an environmental disaster.

    Lawrence says:
  • Spectacular idea!

    Jim says:
  • It frustrates me to see these comments not only because it is unnecessary (it is clearly never a possibility), but it indicates a profound lack of appreciation for imagination among the design community. These guys have been doing immense landmark proposals with a monumentality not seen since pharaonic Egypt. We should embrace these type of projects

    C says:
  • god damn this is one of this year’s best.

    internautas says:
  • Incredible!

    Ahmed says:
  • WoW!!!

    Bruno Sedja says:
  • Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    renU says:
  • Dear Jim,

    You should know that the reality is always duller than the renderings. Even though it looks amazing on these pictures, would you like to have the reality which is probably not even half as fascinating in front of your apartment blocking your ocean view and whining a permanent light into your room? besides why not appreciate nature? the huge ball of nuclear reaction in the sky is much more magnificent than a big hub of illuminated glass in the middle of the harbour area.

    SilScher says:
  • @Yang – are you a real estate agent?

    Ty says:
  • I agree with SilScher, it’s ugly because it will kill the ocean view. Maybe it will be more appropriate somewhere else but not at bayfront park.

    Alexandr says:

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