The Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), designed by Herzog & de Meuron, has debuted as the city’s newest destination for contemporary visual arts. From its site placement to materials used, the 200,000-sq.ft bayfront venue is distinctly Miami.
Perez Art Museum Miami, south facade; photo by Iwan Baan
“The greatest thing…that makes Miami so extraordinary is its amazing climate, lush vegetation, and cultural diversity,” Jacques Herzog, senior partner of Herzog & de Meuron, said in a statement. “How can these assets be fully exploited and translated into architecture? That’s the way we tried to go with our design for the new art museum in Miami.”
Hanging gardens, north facade; photo by Iwan Baan
Sitting upon an elevated platform, the three-story building offers an airy presence yet keeps the heat and humidity at bay through an expansive perforated canopy, raw concrete, and super-efficient window glazing. Floor-to-ceiling windows afford views of the surrounding Museum Park, promenade, and bay. A hanging garden of tropical plants by artist and botanist Patrick Blanc frames the façade.
View of "Image Search: Photography from the Collection"; photo by Daniel Azoulay photography
The Herzog & de Meuron team, in collaboration with museum leadership, took a non-linear approach in designing the galleries. As a result, curators have more flexibility in arranging exhibitions, and visitors make new discoveries at every turn. The variation of interior finishes—concrete, steel, untreated tropical wood—also contributes to the nontraditional gallery experience.
In addition to galleries, PAMM features entry halls, an auditorium, café, store, and education facilities.
Gallery view of Biscayne Bay; photo by Iwan Baan