Performing Arts

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

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Miami, Florida, USA
500,000 square feet / 46,000 square meters

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is the premier performing arts center in Florida and the second largest in the United States, after Lincoln Center. The Arsht Center consists of two main buildings — the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House and the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall — connected by an outdoor plaza. The Arsht Center is home to the Miami Ballet and the Florida Grand Opera and is host to guest resident orchestras and traveling productions.

The Ziff Ballet Opera House and the Knight Concert Hall are each composed of a series of stepped masses clad in light beige Sardinian granite. The buildings are punctuated by large glass and steel curtain walls at their entries, adding to their contemporary, crystalline expression. The forms project a sense of both permanence and excitement.

The Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts, which is bisected by Biscayne Boulevard, includes colonnades, cascading garden terraces, and a paving pattern based on Afro-Caribbean designs. The tower from a 1929 Sears store, the earliest example of Art Deco in Miami, was preserved and incorporated into the plaza design.

In addition to its 2,480-seat main stage, the Ziff Ballet Opera House includes a 200-seat studio theater for smaller productions. In the main house, a dramatic, 12-meter (40-foot) convex disc, covered with sound-reflective bumps, hangs from the ceiling. Suspended over the stage of the 2,200-seat Knight Concert Hall is a spiraling adjustable acoustic canopy. Rings of custom light fixtures accent this flowing form.

In conjunction with the Miami-Dade Art in Public Places program, PCPA collaborated with artists Cundo Bermudez, Jose Bedia, Robert Rahway Zakananitch, Gary Moore, and Anna Valentina Murch to create unique works that were incorporated into the architecture.