The Museum Garage is located in the Miami Design District, a neighborhood dedicated to innovative art, design, and architecture. Starring the work of five designers, the seven-story mixed-use building will highlight ground-floor retail areas and space for 800 vehicles.
For the project, In 2015, Miami Design District developer Craig Robins selected architect and curator Terence Riley to elaborate the idea for Museum Garage. WORKac, J. Mayer. H, Clavel Arquitectos, Nicolas Buffe were chosen to design the garage’s facades, along with Riley’s own architectural firm K/R (Keenen/Riley).
Bringing together these designers from around the world, Riley drew inspiration from the surrealist parlor game, Exquisite Corpse. This game included a compilation of pictures gathered by several artists with no regard or awareness of what the other artists have drawn, creating one image whose elements don’t necessarily harmonize but flow together as one playful piece. Under Riley’s management, each participating architect was ultimately designated an area and depth to build out and given free reign to conceive completely different designs. The result is a uniquely contemporary, architectural version of the Exquisite Corpse.
From the corner of NE 1st Avenue and NE 41st Street and extending west onto 41st, you’ll find:
“Ant Farm” by WORKac – Inspired by the shape of an ant colony, the structure emphasizes spaces that connect, yet appear and disappear behind a perforated metal screen. This façade also includes “Dippin,” a street art panel by New York artist Jamian Juliano-Villani.
“Serious Play” by Nicolas Buffe – The actual entrance and exit to the parking garage this facade features a variety of diverse 2D and 3D elements crafted from laser-cut metals and fiber resin plastic.
“Urban Jam” by Clavel Arquitectos – Fitting for a garage, this facade features shiny metallic and silver car bodies, to represent the revival of the Miami Design District and how spaces, like the cars, have been repurposed.
“Barricades” by K/R – The design is inspired by orange- and white-striped traffic barriers that are ever present in Miami. The façade has fifteen “windows” framed in mirror stainless steel, through which concrete planters pop out above the sidewalk.
The parking garage will house ground-floor retail locations and is presumed to extend the architectural profile of the Miami Design District, which currently highlights numerous major art installations including Buckminster Fuller Fly’s Eye Dome and Zaha Hadid’s Elastika.
All images by Imagen Subliminal (Miguel De Guzman + Rocio Romero), courtesy of the respective studios.