Miami Art District: Parkade Design by Jürgen Mayer H.
Aside from its practical aspect – space for 800 cars – the parkade will also offer retail space in a relaxed ground-floor area. Curated by Terence Riley of K/R (Keenan/Riley), the building will feature five different façades by WORKac, J.MAYER.H und Partner, Clavel Arquitectos, Nicolas Buffe and K/R respectively, as well as a wall graphic by Sagmeister & Walsh.
The design my Jürgen Mayer H. is based on the two spatially contrasting façade designs on the left and right ends of the Museum Garage. These are transformed in their design and melded into a new, central, cohesive element in the entire parkade. Working from the façade by WORKac, which is directly to the left, the cutouts are translated into positive volumetric shapes.
The red-and-white striped traffic pattern by K/R Architects, found at the right end of the parkade façade, gives way to a gigantic graphic. The new façade by Jürgen Mayer H. fits together like a puzzle on the left-hand side. However, the right-hand side has a hard, vertical cut where it meets Nicolas Buffe’s design. This is analogue to the linear design of the final façade, created by K/R.
The façade will realized in lacquered aluminum sheeting with a steel subconstruction. By night, integrated lighting will illuminate the vaguely kidney-shaped elements through perforated panelling. It is a fact that infrastructure for traffic and parking are seldom seen as architecture projects in their own right. In the context of the Design District, the Museum Garage is sure to become a new landmark.
The urban-planning scale for pedestrians is superimposed with the perception of proportionality that comes with cars and their speed as they cruise through town. As the surrounding buildings are generally small-scale, the distinct façade in its various designs will
create detailing that corresponds to the district. Terence Riley’s strategy of bringing together a number of designers and architects is an exciting, innovative approach to exploiting the possibilities of cooperation, neighbourhoods and contrasting cross-references.