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Marlins ballpark design: one person's idea


WARNING: This is NOT the Marlins’ design for a new ballpark.

marlins-stadiumnew1.jpgIt 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.marlins-stadium4new2.jpg

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.”marlins-stadium5new3.jpg

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.

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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