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Miami: America’s Next Great Architectural City?

Coconut Grove Condo / BIG; Image via DesignBoom
Coconut Grove Condo / BIG; Image via DesignBoom

Take, for example, the cultural institutions along Lincoln Road. The new addition of Herzog & de Meuron’s Parking Garage satisfies a necessity while also providing a rich, cultural gathering space, thanks to its designed social functions. The architecture breaks out from the anticipated form of the “concrete box for cars” and instead turns it into something that fits within the context of the neighborhood, physically and programmatically. The firm will also be expanding the Miami Art Museum, scheduled to reopen as the new Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in 2013.

1111 Lincoln Road / Herzog & de Meuron
1111 Lincoln Road / Herzog & de Meuron

There are also many cultural restoration projects in the works. The Bacardi Building, a modernist tower designed by Enrique Gutierrez in 1969 will be restored by Frank Gehry to house studios, offices and housing for artists of the National Young Arts Foundation. The exterior, which features a rich mosaic, will remain untouched.

The Bacardi Building to be restored by Frank Gehry; Photo by Marc Averette
The Bacardi Building to be restored by Frank Gehry; Photo by Marc Averette

What is it about Miami that is motivating developers to bring in renowned architects? In an article in Architect Magazine by Ian Volner, architects Herzog & de Meuron admit that the culture, weather, food and community are major attractions for Miami. But its history of Art Deco architecture and its obsession with air-conditioned, indoor spaces, are some of the negative characteristics that their new design for the Miami Art Museum hope to address. In their design, the heavy temple-like structure of the exterior is offset by the openness of the interior spaces, the abundance of hanging vegetation, and ample shaded outdoor spaces. Note those motifs, and recognize them even in the parking garage on 1111 Lincoln Road. Like the Miami Art Museum, Herzog & de Meuron’s design for the parking garage incorporates as much outdoor space as possible, shading, and vegetation.

1111 Lincoln Road / Herzog & de Meuron
1111 Lincoln Road / Herzog & de Meuron

With the real estate market in Miami booming, the city has the opportunity to reinvent itself with a contemporary architecture, a refined sense of culture and community and with the assistance of talented and respected architects and designers.   We look forward to watching as these projects develop. View ArchDaily’s City Guide for more!

New World Center / Frank Gehry; Photo © Rui Dias-Adios
New World Center / Frank Gehry; Photo © Rui Dias-Adios
Cite:Irina Vinnitskaya. "Miami: America’s Next Great Architectural City?" 11 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/304460/miami-americas-next-great-architectural-city/>