Wynwood Gateway Park: Architects Compete to Design Wynwood's Next Green Space
The site of the future Wynwood Gateway Park.Up until now, the farthest you've ventured north in Wynwood is probably the corner of NW 29th Street and Second Avenue -- right up to the new Ducati showroom. The few blocks on the other side of the street? It's the kind of area your mom always warned you not to roll through once upon a time. But that may change, thanks to a new project: the Wynwood Gateway Park Competition.
Metro 1, a real estate company that focuses on urban development, and DawnTown, a non-profit that promotes architecture in Miami, have partnered to invite competitors of all backgrounds to plot out 14,000 square feet of public green space at 169-179 NW 28 St. that could include elements of urban farming, art, landscape, and music.
The guidelines aren't tightly bound, and Metro 1 has a laissez-faire attitude about what the space will be, preferring the designer to dictate. "We're enlisting the ideas from all creative types," says Stacy Glassman, vice president of marketing and business development at Metro 1. "It's pretty democratic in spirit, and we're open to see what that kind of person can imagine for this space."
They aren't, however, without a vision. "We want to inspire other developers to dedicate green spaces in their communities," says Glassman. "We want it to be a gathering place for the people in Wynwood and that the city of Miami can enjoy." They envision it as the kind of place where you can catch up on a good book, strike a few downward dogs, and have a family picnic.
The portfolios submitted for the project will be reviewed by five panelists, including Tony Cho, president and CEO of Metro 1; Andrew Frey, founder of DawnTown; and Enrique Norten, principal at TEN Arquitectos. The winning team will have its design realized and win $10,000. No budget has been set for the project, which gives the competitors an infinite canvas to produce the park of their dreams.