SOUTH POINTE PARK
Miami Beach, FL
This is an ecologically sensitive community park at the south end of Miami Beach. The park is programmed to accommodate both active and passive recreation, with grass playfields, coastal dunes, hammock zones, a playground, a wide bay front promenade, and dramatic views of the water from a serpentine landform and the cut walk.
A multi-use pavilion located in the middle of the park is enclosed in an elliptical form that tucks itself into the serpentine dune. The plan is sequential west to east beginning with the offices for the CMB Parks and Ocean Rescue agencies on the north end, locker rooms for Ocean Rescue and Parks staff, public food and beverage stand, public meeting room and public restrooms. Alluding to the geological formation of coral ridges typical of the Florida peninsula, a limestone shell aggregate veneers the building.
The engagement of the bridge, outdoor theater, playground with the pavilion gives opportunity to a multitude of activities and acts as one of the major hubs of the park.
South Pointe Park has set a new precedent for park design in Southern Florida. High quality materials and a unique design have resulted in a premier park and popular destination for the residents and visitors of Miami Beach.
In 2009 the project was one of only two projects awarded top Honor for Excellence in Design by the Florida/Caribbean Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.