WARNING: This is NOT the Marlins’ design for a new ballpark.
It is simply one man’s view of what the new ballpark should, but won’t, look like. Since we’ve been waiting for renderings, which the team has been promising to share for several weeks, it seemed entertaining to share someone else’s idea.
Miami resident and longtime Marlins fan Daniel Yanez, who recently obtained his degree in architecture from Notre Dame, made the Marlins ballpark project the subject of his thesis. Here are renderings of his idea, which he says is far different and far more appropriate for the Orange Bowl site than what the Marlins and their architects are contemplating.
Yanez says he’s seen some of their designs, but since I haven’t, I can’t tell you what they look like. Yanez talks about a spaceship design, which isn’t all that surprising given that earlier renderings like this one have been compared to spaceships. Yanez said the ballpark shouldn’t be modern.
“It’s in Little Havana,” said Yanez, 23. “It’s not in Little Cape Canaveral.”
Yanez said his design – as you can see – is more classical. He describes it as an “inhabited temple.” To me, it looks like one of the memorials in Washington, D.C., but with a marlin on top.
“There is a rich history of Traditional Architecture in Miami and Havana and I think that should play a key role for using precedent for this building,” Yanez said in an email. “Some of the main precedents for this building were Leon Krier’s Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center at the University of Miami and Windsor Village Hall in Windsor, Florida. Michael Grave’s Dolphin Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Florida was also a precedent for this stadium.”
He has also paid attention to “sustainable design,” configuring the venue to take advantage of passive cooling systems and shade. As for the roof, which has the center parts moving underneath the stationary sides, it’s a “highly translucent PTFE architectural fabric membrane that has an open, airy feel, even when the roof is closed,” Yanez writes.
The Marlins are hoping to share H.O.K. Sport’s REAL renderings soon.