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OMA has unveiled plans for an ambitious underwater project located just off the coast of Miami Beach. Named ReefLine, it’s conceived as an artificial reef and snorkeling attraction, and will reach a total length of 7 miles.

 

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Miami underwater diving enthusiasts – not to mention the local marine life – will soon have an unusual new attraction to explore, courtesy of OMA. Named ReefLine, it’s conceived as an artificial reef and snorkeling destination with a range of artworks, and will reach a total length of 7 miles (11.2 km).

ReefLine will be located off the coast of Miami Beach and is led by OMA’s Shohei Shigematsu, in collaboration with Ximena Caminos, the BlueLab Preservation Society, Coral Morphologic, the City of Miami Beach and researchers from the University of Miami. Marine biologists and costal engineers will also be involved.

It will feature concrete modular units that will be stacked, following the topography of the sea bed, to serve as an artificial reef to host marine life. This will be joined by a series of art installations reachable by snorkelers and scuba divers, including one by Shigematsu that resembles a staircase and brings to mind Heatherwick Studio’s Vessel.

“OMA/Shigematsu’s sculpture explores the nature of weightlessness underwater,” explains a press release by the Dutch firm, which also completed the strange bulging Galleria in Gwanggyo earlier this year. “The stair, a rudimentary architecture element suggestive of directionality and movement, is taken out of its usual context and transformed into an underwater folly.

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