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

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

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.

See also:

- Miami Marine Stadium: A Revival of Magic, Concrete, and Spray Paint

- Parkour Athletes Flip to Save the Miami Marine Stadium (Video)

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!"

Follow Ciara LaVelle on Twitter @ciaralavelle.

Follow Cultist on Facebook and Twitter @CultistMiami.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.