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Miami Floating Stage (Video)

Miami Floating Stage


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The Concept

The concept was inspired by oil rigs.

The flotation platforms are equipped with separate motors synchronized to meet the triple function of displacement; the unfolding of the trays from the center and keep the momentum of the whole, concentrically positioned to generate centrifugal force.

The structure is resolved into four levels: the flotation level, which stores the machinery of the lifting hydraulic pistons of the different trays and propulsion engines, located within the flotation platforms.

The deck level, in which the dressing rooms, restrooms, general storage, image and sound room, press room, and the crew and captain’s cabin are located.

Two emergency staircases and a lift, located in each of the three structural columns, link these levels to the stage and backstage; and a retractable spiral staircase, located in the back of the lift, connects this level with the bridges and grill located on the stage, from which the different curtains hang.

The front tray can be converted into bleachers that can be used as the orchestra pit, in musical performances, taking advantage of  their inclination to access it directly from the deck level.

The materials to be used in the structure and flotation platforms are Aluminum,  and the partition walls are made from Titanium panels, which gives low maintenance as well as a lower operating cost due to the specific weight, which helps to ease the mobile loading trays.

The roof deck and the stage will be made in treated teak wood, dried in an autoclave and cemented.
The roof of the stage, backstage and wings will be like bellows composed of a  series of linked poly-carbonate panels, folded with metal ball joints, to give protection and also serve as adjustable acoustic panels according to the activity carried on stage.

STADIUM-SIDE-ELEVATION-lowSide view of the Floating Stage in front of the Miami Marine Stadium, in fully expanded stage.

stand-Top-Hiden-lowAerial view in folded position (wire-frame)

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stand-PLANTA-Deposito-lowThe deck level, in which the dressing rooms, restrooms, general storage,image

and sound room, press room, and the crew and captain’s cabin are located.


Stand-lowExterior view in folded position


 Side view in folded position

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The lifting hydraulic pistons (folded position)

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Bow-lowThe front tray can be converted into bleachers that can be used as the orchestra pit, in musical

performances, taking advantage of  their inclination to access it directly from the deck level.

aerea-lowAerial view fully unfolded

stadium-back-elevation-1Rear view of the Floating Stage in front of the Miami Marine Stadium, in fully expanded stage.





Sustainable Ark


Inhospitable world that lies ahead, caused by the indiscriminate exploitation of natural resources, which leads us to a change in attitude towards the use of the land. Natural disasters we have been experiencing in recent years, tell us that we must not only stop the aggression, but we must defend ourselves from the natural reaction in response to our attack; as in the Middle Ages, the walled city could be the last resort and the ocean, our next habitat.

Our building has a three-dimensional shell of reinforced concrete, inverted bell-shaped and perforated open to the sky in one side; the slight tilt allows the entry of sunlight and prevents the prevailing winds in the area, provide an habitat conducive to farming and people.

inside, clusters of micro communities are located attached to the vertical circulation, consisting of 15-story buildings with self-contained residential units, offices and daily commerce; all this is surrounded by a living structure that provides the residents of the green space required to oxygenate and create a micro-climate that is right at the highest levels. These structures will be used as farms and community gardens.

Each housing unit has its own fully-connected to the outside world by worldwide network, leading to a decentralization of urban and energy saving mass transit.

Economic and cultural exchange occurs on the bridges that connect the central vertical core with peripherals, placed at various levels in a cross, serving as inter-neighborhood connection with schools, supermarkets, entertainment facilities and communal agencies inside as well as outdoor plazas on their roofs.

These bridges, also serve to unburden the towers to the structure perimeter, separating each tower to reduce the size of the support columns.

The base of the concrete perimeter wall is submerged in the sea, and in it are the waste recycling plants, which turn into gas that provides energy to the complex. There is also the water treatment plant will be reused for irrigation of cropland.

The roof of each tower and blinds perimeter units are equipped with photo-voltaic panels with the function of heating, cooling and electricity to the building complex.

An interior lagoon is located at sea level and connected by dikes levelers, acting as a harbor, protected from waves and tides, which is used as a reserve fire tank and photo-voltaic’s battery.

proposed technologies:

Growing vegetable gardens are suspended from a living basket created from a bundle of logs and branches through the use of synthetic biology, creating an organism programmed to behave like a computer, from grafts placed around the vertical circulation ducts fed land that is fertilized in the high places of the horizontal connectors. These products also play the role of exchange and recycling of waste located in the submerged levels of the building.

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Artificial photosynthesis will be used through various procedures to achieve efficient and cheap power. Under the artificial lake located in the float level, is a laboratory that developed the separation of hydrogen and oxygen during light phase photosynthesis to replace oil as an energy source and get water very efficiently.

Dark phase of photosynthesis seek artificial catalysts that produce fuel from the carbon dioxide or its derivatives.


Domotics omoticswill be used in energy saving, comfort, security, communications and accessibility, using a mixed architecture, which allows individual devices incorporate diverse market that provides a centralized structure that promotes energy saving building and be flexible to technological changes that lie ahead.

Finally, the shape of the wall upward spiral, it is proposed to support the growth of population, whose foundation is expanding towards the Earth’s crust created underwater by living tissue using synthetic biology.