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Miami Art Museum by Herzog & De Meuron
Posted By Jorge Chapa On March 25, 2008 @ 4:37 pm In Architecture,biomimicry,Botanical | 2 Comments
When the Miami Art Museum  required a new headquarters they decided to hire famous Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. They were expecting an incredible design worthy of a cosmopolitan city such as Miami. What they got from Herzog & de Meuron  can only be described as the modern interpretation of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon  – an imaginative structure that bridges urban spaces, climates and cultures.
The canopy roof has been perforated not only to allow light and ventilation  to pass through to the plaza below, but, more importantly, to create the idea of a transitional space between the inside of the building and the park. It is also meant to assist visitors to acclimatize between the hot humid air of the Miami climate, and that of the more controlled, conditioned climate of the museum.
As visitors move from the park into the open plaza , they will be greeted by a series of trees and columns, meant to resemble a forest canopy. As they walk past this area, they will be greeted by a series of floating volumes which will house the museum itself as well as all the standard facilities that one would find in a building like this.
Recognizing the importance of this design, both the museum  and the firm decided to solicit public feedback on the project. The public’s comments will be incorporated into the final design, which is expected to be revealed soon. Public participation, smart design adapted to the climate of Miami, and what looks to be a beautiful building – looks like a winner to us. The museum will be finished by 2011.
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 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/25/miami-art-museum-by-herzog-de-meuron/
 Miami Art Museum: http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.miamiartmuseum.org%2F&ei=eVTeR7SpGIW-gwO8tLG-Cw&usg=AFQjCNFux_GLztsEa7ac6eoDFLKmeYfQoQ&sig2=J7DcxEN6Qq253luC9SCaSg
 Herzog & de Meuron: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/02/23/100-architects-to-design-a-city/
 Hanging Gardens of Babylon: http://www.miamiartmuseum.org/exhibitions-current-herzog.asp
 ventilation: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/02/27/russia-tower-worlds-largest-naturally-ventilated-building/
 open plaza: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/01/23/amazing-green-roof-art-school-in-singapore/
 museum: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/12/29/greenmuseums-environmental-art-calendar-2008/
 + Herzog & de Meuron Tap Tropical Climate for Design Ideas: http://archrecord.construction.com/news/OnTheBoards/0803miami.asp
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