The New World Center – a source and a destination for creativity and inspiration - is the campus of the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy and a cultural icon in the center of Miami Beach. The Center is an inimitable foundation for a unique experience, one that you’ll want to share with family and friends.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, New World Center features numerous spaces for performance and presentation; a flexible and variable seating performance hall, and a 7,000 square foot projection wall on which concerts, video art and films will be shown free-of-charge to audiences in Soundscape, a 2.5 acre public park, designed by Dutch architectural firm West 8.
Conceived as a laboratory for the way music is taught, performed and experienced, New World Center was built around the program of the New World Symphony. 24 individual rehearsal rooms, four ensemble rooms and three percussion rooms - all wired for audio/video recording and Internet2 capability, serve the academy’s 86 Fellows, while the SunTrust Pavilion and main performance hall are the intersection between the academy’s Fellows and the public’s experience with the building.
The building includes the SunTrust Pavilion, a large multi-purpose room that serves as both the primary teaching space for the orchestra and as a space for performances, film screenings, lectures, meetings and recordings. Located next to the atrium on the ground floor, the east wall of the space is made of glass, allowing passersby to see the activity inside and be encouraged to enter the building. An upper terrace will permit people to observe the activities in the Pavilion without disrupting them, and will offer an expansive view over the public park.
Additional practice and rehearsal rooms, teaching rooms, and technical suites have also been incorporated into the design of the building. These include two ensemble rooms, each capable of holding a master class for 20-25 Fellows, located within a structure called The Flower on the third floor. The Knight New Media Center will serve as a video and audio editing suite, allowing the New World Symphony to capture and distribute content in a digital format.