Architecture firm Fernando Romero EnterprisE just revealed their designs for Miami's new Latin American Art Museum (LAAM) at the 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach. In addition to strengthening the connection between U.S. and Latin American relations, the unveiling of the museum’s design is given even greater weight due to President Obama's recent announcement to grant temporary relief to illegal immigrants. The LAAM was commissioned by a private art collector and aims to be the most significant institution for displaying Latin American modern and contemporary art in the United States.
The 90,000-square-foot LAAM will be located within a residential complex along Biscayne Boulevard and will serve as a meeting area and as the main access point to the apartments for residents. To create an eye-catching form that would also attract passersby, FR-EE twisted the four-story building volume to create large overlapping terraces that open the museum up to tropical cross-breezes and create the opportunity for outdoor sculpture gardens.
The LAAM is split into four floors: the first level will house artworks by young and emergent artists; the second floor will be for temporary exhibitions; the third floor will be reserved for the permanent collection; and the upper-most floor will be used as a restaurant. The art collection will include artists such as Diego Rivera, Fernando Botero, Wifredo Lam, Guillermo Kutica, Roberto Matta, and Rufino Tamayo. The art museum and landscape are visually tied together with a banded design pattern.