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THE WALKTHROUGH

New World Center: Designed by Frank Gehry, Concert Hall Offers Event Space, Outdoor Projection Screen

Photo: Claudia Uribe

The $160 million New World Center off Lincoln Road celebrated its official opening Tuesday night with an invitation-only party and performance by the New World Symphony. But the striking Frank Gehry-designed facility is more than just the new home of the symphony—it is also a multifunctional event space offering several venues and advanced technology.
 
The main, 30,000-square-foot performance hall has 14 distinct configurations of the stage and seating for 756 people. Nearly one-third of the seats retract to offer flat-floor and cabaret-style seating options. Visitors enter the hall from its center, by the stage, which provides a 360-degree view of the space. The chairs are upholstered in a Gehry-designed pattern of blue and white intended to evoke water and sky.

The first-floor atrium serves as the entrance to the building and can accommodate 250 guests for a cocktail party. The soaring, six-story space has an 80-foot window wall to the east that is made of glass with no iron content, making it virtually invisible when lit from within, whether by natural light during the day or by the room’s 44 multidirectional colored lights at night. The atrium includes an LED-lit glass bar with a blue-tinted titanium canopy, baby blue banquettes, and a 6.5- by 17-foot plasma wall.

On the outside of the building and next to the glass-front entrance is a 7,000-square-foot projection wall available for presentations and entertainment. The outdoor space is part of the Miami Beach Soundscape, a new park developed in conjunction with the performance hall that can accommodate 1,000 people.

The SunTrust Pavilion is a 2,400-square-foot multipurpose room next to the atrium on the ground floor that can seat 175 or accommodate 250 for a reception. For outdoor events, the sixth-floor rooftop terrace is an 8,000-square-foot area that can host private events for 250 people and offers ocean, city, and bay views. Accessible via two high-speed elevators, the terrace includes a pavilion reception area, a music library, and a private suite, all surrounded by a garden.

The building also has some 30 smaller multipurpose rooms, each with built-in screens, audio, and high-definition video recording capabilities.


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