Architecture & Design

Architects Propose Saving the Miami Marine Stadium With a Giant Helium Balloon

Miami's a city where old and new meet in unique and often surprising ways, especially when it comes to its architecture. So PinkCloud's idea to revitalize the Miami Marine Stadium, an architectural treasure now covered in graffiti, is perhaps the most fitting proposal for returning the venue to life.

It's futuristic. It's eye-catching. And oh yeah, it's essentially a giant helium balloon.

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The Copenhagen-based architecture collective submitted plans for Project Inflatable to the Dawntown Miami competition, inviting designers from around the world to offer their best ideas for developing downtown Miami. Pink Cloud chose the worthy goal of revitalizing the Miami Marine Stadium -- and created a floating stage topped with a custom 280-foot inflatable disc to serve as a roof.

The stage can be moved. The disc has solar panels to collect energy, and is made using materials that keep rain out but let diffused sunlight filter through. Next to the chevron roof of the existing stadium seating, it looks like something out of science fiction. Which is to say, awesome.

Right now, Project Inflatable is just a theoretical. But, um, can we get someone on this? If it were completed, it'd be one of the most interesting cultural venues in the world.

Plus, as PinkCloud itself points out, it's also "super shiny!"

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Ciara LaVelle is New Times' former arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University and moved to Florida in 2004. She joined New Times' staff in 2011.
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