Perez Art Museum

Client Perez Art Museum
Location Miami, FL
Project Type Public & Cultural
Status Completed in 2013

The Perez Art Museum stitches the landscape into the museum building itself, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor space.

The Perez Art Museum Miami offers 200,000 sq. ft. of programmable space for the display of works of art, educational activities, relaxation and dining. Handel Architects collaborated with Herzog & de Meuron on the project.

The new museum facility doubles the previous amount of gallery space and includes interior and covered outdoor event space, an auditorium, a museum store, an education area, and a cafe.

The design is highly responsive to the city's climate and the needs of a young, rising art museum. The three-story building sits upon an elevated platform and below a canopy, both of which extend far beyond the museum's walls, creating a shaded veranda and plazas. Working with local and international landscape designers and horticulturists, the architects use this space to “bring the park into the museum” in new and innovative ways.

The interior of the museum comprises a series of distinct galleries and other public areas connected by a series of interstitial spaces displaying the permanent collection, allowing for a fluid visitor experience. Transparency on the first and third levels of the galleries reveals the public and semi-public functions within: the entry halls, auditorium, shop and café on the first level and the education center and staff offices on the third. An open-air parking garage is located beneath the museum and surrounded by landscaping and terraces.

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2010 American Architecture Award - The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design


Architect of Record

Design Partner(s)

Design Architect - Herzog & de Meuron Landscape Architect - ArquitectonicaGEO




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