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Exterior - New World Center
500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL

New World Center - Official Website (online March 2019)

Erected:

2008-2011

Architect:

Frank Gehry
Also by Gehry:
Guggenheim Art Museum in Bilbao, Spain;
Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris
  



Exterior designed to withstand Florida hurricanes   ...
"[Architect Frank] Gehry talked about the idea of "the building putting on a performance" -  you can see the interior gehriesque shapes and these would become the players on the stage, the glass [on the front of the building] would be the proscenium of stage and audience would be the people in the park.  The building would be a glass box, where people could see the transformation of music and be drawn to participate."  - Ines Hagedus-Garcia, "Frank Gehry New World Symphony in Miami Beach is Almost Ready," on  Miamism, November 16, 2010  (online March 2019)






Decorative ship "sails" are a signature Gehry design   ...   See also the Guggenheim Ar Museum in Bilbao, Spain and Fondatio Louis Vuitton in Paris






"...the hall on the outside is, for the most part, a sedate white stucco box with a big glass front, with only a few signature Gehry flourishes, including a big sail shape that veers off the building’s side." - Cathleen McGulgan,  "Frank Gehry’s New World Center Opens in Miami Beach," on Daily Beast, January 26, 2011 



The blank wall functions as a 7,000' outdoor screen that streams  live concerts that take place inside the auditorium   ...      The  grass and walkway are the edge of SoundScape Park where visitors may picnic during concerts and other free events   ...  






17th Street elevation, on the right side of the building   ...   
"...the hall on the outside is, for the most part, a sedate white stucco box with a big glass front, with only a few signature Gehry flourishes, including a big sail shape that veers off the building’s side." - Cathleen McGulgan,  "Frank Gehry’s New World Center Opens in Miami Beach," on Daily Beast, January 26, 2011       ...   
See other decorative ship sails at  the Guggenheim Ar Museum in Bilbao, Spain and at  Fondatio Louis Vuitton in Paris     ...   Two other angles, below:





17th Street







Lookng through the front window across to SoundScape Park



View of  2.5 acre SoundScape Park from the roof patio of the concert hall   ...  
167 individually tuned speakers    ...  
"In addition many performances in the concert hall will be presented live in a section of the adjoining park called SoundScape, where video images will be screened on a 7,000-square-foot projection wall with what is promised to be excellent sound conveyed through speakers tucked into a sculptural matrix of pipes." - Anthony Tommasini, "Airy Home for Music and Its Fans, on The New York Times, January 26, 2011 (online March 2019)



SoundScape Park - not designed by Gehry    ...     To the left of the Park, not in this photo, is the Projector, show below:


Projector and control booth for live streaming concerts, movies, etc. onto the blank wall on the right of the facade of the building while visitors picnic on the grass






Photos and their arrangement 2018 Chuck LaChiusa
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