In collaboration with Pritzker Prize winning architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, the new Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in Bicentennial Park includes an unprecedented level of integration between plants and building. In addition to elevated planters and trees rising though openings in a large open deck, 100 columns of planted vegetation create a museum atmosphere that can only exist in a tropical climate such as Miami. These hanging vertical elements, designed with plant-artist Patrick Blanc, designer of the vegetated wall for Jean Nouvel’s Musée du quai Branly, and horticulturalists Michael Davenport from Fairchild Tropical Garden and Jeff Shimonski from Jungle Island, contribute significantly to the identity of the museum.
Forgoing LEED accreditation for sustainability goals specific to this project, the Miami Art Museum utilizes extensive roof overhangs, elevated decks over parking areas, and innovative botanical features to maximize the cooling effects of natural air flow across the site while minimizing HVAC loads. Anticipating water shortages, the landscape design does not require any city water for irrigation, relying instead on rainwater collected and stored on site and A/C condensation taken from the building. Such extensive integration of building systems required intensive collaboration with the architects and the mechanical, plumbing, and civil engineers.
Additional environmentally sensitive design decisions were made to reduce the resources necessary for the maintenance of such a nature-infused building. The elevated public deck will sit above a parking lot made from crushed shells, and allow rainwater to infiltrate the ground naturally. The native and adapted plant palette was carefully considered to require minimal amounts of water, support the habitation of animals found in the area, and integrate the built elements of the Museum Park.
* ASLA National Awards 2015 | Honor Award for General Design
* Florida ASLA Awards 2014 | Frederic B. Stresau Award – In recognition of absolute innovation and design excellence.
* Florida ASLA Awards 2014 | Award of Excellence – In recognition of inspired use of landscape architectural practices in an imaginative combination, and which is truly exceptional, unique, innovative and beyond its defined purpose.
* Society of American Registered Architects Awards 2014 | Design Award of Merit – Landscape Category
* Featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine, February 2015
* LEED-BD+C 2.2 GOLD 2014