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

Expertise(s)

EXPERIENCE DESIGN, ASSET REPOSITIONING

Market(s)

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