Client Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Innovation Lab & Collaboration Center

Miami, Florida

The new Royal Caribbean Cruises Innovation Lab & Collaboration Center increases the pace of innovation for the company’s New Build department, which designs technologically advanced ships.

Virtual reality and collaborative workplace design are incorporated into the 20,000-SF facility, which is attached to the company’s PortMiami headquarters – where we also renovated 30,000 SF of office space. The design of the lab celebrates innovation with a curved building corner to call attention to the three-story virtual reality “cave,” which allows designers to inhabit a full-size representation of the spaces they are designing. Wearing virtual reality headsets, team members are immersed into those spaces through projectors that are positioned above, below and around an all-glass platform.

Because this facility is about pushing the speed of innovation, it came together quickly using design-build and lean methods. Early collaboration between the design and construction teams allowed schematic design through full occupancy to occur in just 10 months.

Take a look at Royal Caribbean’s video to learn more about this facility's fusion of technology and creativity.

At a glance

50,000 SF

High-tech cruise ship design lab

Rotunda features three-story virtual reality cave 

Design-build and lean methods helped project complete in 10 months


LEED Silver Certified

Unbuilt Award of Merit, Non-Residential, AIA Palm Beach

Design Excellence Award of Merit, Non-Residential, AIA Palm Beach

Most Outstanding Green Office Building - Small, USGBC South Florida, GalaVerde Awards 


Architectural Design
Design Development
Schematic Design
Construction Documents
Construction Administration
“The clarity and strength of the initial design sketch was riveting. The interior is striking and contemporary...”