herzog and de meuron, LEED, LEED silver certification, hanging gardens, natural lighting

Herzog & de Meuron recently unveiled their finished design for the new Miami Art Museum, which will be a stunning building surrounded by hanging gardens with tropical plants. Fit for a world renowned art museum, the new MAM will be three times as large as the existing building and will be aiming for LEED Silver certification. A fluid and adaptable interior layout combined with outdoor gardens and sculpture exhibition space will allow the MAM to expand for future growth.

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Last year Herzog & de Meuron unveiled their preliminary design for the updated and expanded Miami Art Museum. The design was open for public comment, and just recently the final design for the museum was unveiled. Located in downtown Miami in the a park overlooking Biscayne Bay, the new Miami Art Museum will have 120,000 sq feet of programmable indoor exhibition space, plus 80,000 sq feet of space outside for art exhibitions, educational activities, relaxation and dining. Also located in the Museum Park will be the Miami Science Museum, as well as a branch of the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, creating a tourist destination and cultural center in the heart of the city.

The museum is a three-story structure covered in a canopy that completely shades the building and creates a large veranda. Lush vegetation will be planted all along the ceiling of the canopy and on columns throughout the veranda space. This hanging garden will have a comfortable climate and serve as a buffer zone between the Museum Park and the Museum itself. Inside, the first floor will house the entry halls, auditorium, shop and café, while the third floor will contain offices. Part of the first floor and all of the second will contain the permanent collections and traveling exhibitions, illuminated by carefully placed windows that allow natural light to filter in.

Green strategies for the museum include geothermal cooling of the building and exterior surfaces as well as the use of vegetation surrounding the museum to provide a more comfortable climate for visitors. The interior of the museum’s climate must also be tightly controlled with efficient HVAC systems to protect the art collections inside. Existing environmental conditions such as the site’s solar resource, wind and rain have been taken into account during the design process. The Museum will aim for LEED Silver certification serving as a model for future growth in the downtown Miami area. Ground breaking is expected to start in the Spring of 2010 with completion in 2013.

Via Designboom