TOPA | Jackie Gleason Theater°

location: Miami, USA

client: Cirque du Soleil

° Project designed & directed as Senior Partner of Lauzon Pelland (NOMADE)

The Challenge

Repurpose the aging Art-Deco Theater of Performing Arts (TOPA)/Jackie Gleason Theater, just north of Lincoln Road in Miami’s South Beach, into a hip venue for Cirque du Soleil including 1800-person state-of-the-art theater, a lush garden park, a signature restaurant and a boutique hotel.

The Response




Working with the heritage Art-Deco envelope, slice surgical-like openings in the existing framework to reveal an organic and pulsating rose-red theater in the center. Grace the exterior facade with a continuous undulating marquee defining the social spaces of the complex and relating to a new lush Garden enclave behind the existing walls.

Concept Sketch
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Dayview from gardens
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Nightview from gardens
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Section through foyer and theater
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Piano Nobile level (upper)
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Detail of facade
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Detail of undulating marquee
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