Pérez Art Museum Miami Opens in December

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron and named after mega developer Jorge Pérez, the new facility is opening to the public on Dec. 4, 2013.

Photo by: Herzog & de Meuron In 2004 the voters of Miami-Dade County approved $100 million in bond funding and the City of Miami provided a location on Biscayne Bay for the new facility. 

In just a few short months, the Miami Art Museum will reopen in downtown as the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). With its opening, and that of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in 2015, Museum Park will become a cultural hub in Miami. 

The three-story building, designed by the superstar architects Herzog & de Meuron, sits on Biscayne Bay and features a combination of innovative outdoor and indoor spaces. The new facility will be approximately three times the size of the museum’s current facility at 101 West Flagler Street in downtown Miami. 

With more than 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space, the building will house sprawling galleries, shaded outdoor verandas, a waterfront restaurant and bar, a museum shop and an education center. 

The development team is targeting a 20-percent reduction in the energy cost compared to standard museum buildings. Registered for Silver Leadership in Energy (LEED), the building features a number of green initiatives:

  • Exterior Canopy: Reduces loads on electrical, mechanical, plumbing systems 
  • Hanging Gardens: Composed of native plants and irrigated by collected rainwater, reducing water consumption
  • Air Conditioning: Under-floor air distribution improves air quality, cools more efficiently, reduces ductwork and decreases energy consumption
  • Lighting Plan: Daylight dimming sensors in the office spaces, use of natural and florescent light in the galleries
  • Temperature Control: Waste heat recovery chillers for dehumidification 

Pérez Art Museum Miami is located at 1103 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami, Fla. Visit pamm.org for more info. 

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