Hadid’s Miami project rejected for lacking “flare and panache”


Designs by the late Zaha Hadid for a curving car park and public plaza in Miami have been thrown out by city officials.

Five years after the proposals were submitted, city commissioners rejected the plans and voted to solicit new proposals.

The Iraqi-British architect died unexpectedly aged 65 on 31 March in Miami after suffering a heart attack. She had a second home in Miami Beach.


Hadid was hired in 2011 to design a parking garage and public plaza for the Collins Park neighbourhood to replace two surface parking lots behind the Miami City Ballet building and a library.

The initial scheme was estimated to cost $50m £35 million — nearly double the $27 million the city had allocated for the project, according to the Miami Herald.

Hadid  the submitted a revised scheme with a price tag of $24 million but city officials reportedly did not like the modified design, which featured a smaller plaza, a garage with less parking spots, the addition of ground-level parking and reduced retail space.

The scheme also lacked the “flare and panache” of the original proposal, according to the Miami Herald.

“There’s a point when you start cutting that you lose the essence,” said Gustavo Berenblum, principal of Berenblum Busch Architecture, Hadid’s local partner for the project.



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