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Miami and Miami Beach Study Day

  • Dates: 07 Feb, 2014
  • Location: Miami, FL
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The Miami Study Day offers a rare opportunity for SAH members to tour two extraordinary buildings designed by Herzog & de Meuron and to meet the clients who commissioned both projects. Terry Riley, who as director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) spearheaded the recently-completed building's construction, and Robert Wennett, the dedicated developer who created 11 11 Lincoln Road, will discuss their collaboration with the Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architects. We will have a chance to explore both buildings in their urban contexts—such as the transformation of Lincoln Road by Morris Lapidus, which inspired the design of 11 11 (its branded name separates the 11s) —and will be able to study both structures' responses to South Florida's sub-tropical climate.

To call 11 11 Lincoln Road a garage is to do it an injustice. It is an addition to a 1960s bank building, a “curated” collection of boutiques and restaurants, a site for displaying art, and housing. Above all, 11 11 is a landscape extension to the region’s most popular pedestrian street, which turned a neglected piece of Miami Beach into an important gateway and landmark. What makes the project so special is the way it approaches each of these roles with conceptual clarity and aesthetic rigor. As an addition, 11 11 has the extraordinary quality of both joining the original building seamlessly and maintaining its autonomy as an independent structure. 11 11 reinterprets the streetscapes and experiences of South Beach. The two interlocking spiraling paths through the building – one a ramp for cars, the other a stair for people – echo the separation of the adjacent streets into the vehicular thoroughfare of Alton Road and the pedestrian mall of Lincoln Road. The building turns the configuration of the streets into vertical processions whose alternating floor heights and shifting views reflect the changing densities and vistas across the ground plane of the city. The boutique store midway up the building and the apartment at its apex extend the metaphor of the city rotated vertically.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami opened in December during the annual Art Basel Miami Beach art fair and has quickly earned critical and popular praise. The building is an essay in creating public space in a tropical city. The museum transforms its site - previously a neglected open space separated from the city by busy roads - in a way that restores the waterfront to the public and begins to redeem the neighboring highway. The building's exterior spaces provide the city with a new "front porch" and a belvedere from which to view the port and bay. Aerial and terrestrial gardens by Patrick Blanc are integrated into the building's canopy and verandahs, linking the museum to the surrounding landscape in a celebration of the sub-tropical climate.

This Study Day is designed to allow us to enjoy lunch on Lincoln Road, one of Miami’s premier shopping and dining destinations, and ends at the Pérez Art Museum Miami so participants may enjoy drinks on the waterfront terrace. Expect warm temperatures, bright sunlight, and an unforgettable architectural experience.

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  Pérez Art Museum Miami

1111 Lincoln Road