Foundations for the new Herzog & de Meuron designed Miami Art Museum, which is scheduled to open in 2013, have been completed, and vertical construction can now begin.
Miami Art Museum is still trying to cultivate private sector interest in this project, and the chairman of the Board of Trustees, Aaron Podhurst has commented that the construction of the foundations has helped promote the museum, which already has strong support from the community.
Once completed, the new Miami Art Museum will have 200,000 ft.² of exhibition space, and this will consist of 120,000 ft.² of interior space, which is more than three times the size of the current facility, as well as another 80,000 ft.² of exterior space which will be used for dining and relaxation, art displays and educational activities. The new building will have an auditorium, classrooms and library, as well as workshop space, and will include a museum store and cafe. The eco-friendly design should achieve LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council.
The director of Miami Arts Museum, Thomas Collins expects that when this new building is completed, it will have a considerable effect on the community. It’s expected to provide a valuable education facility, and to be a real draw to visitors and residents alike. It’s also expected to have a positive effect on the community and local economy, as although the construction will cost more than $37 million, the museum is predicted to draw to 200,000 new visitors to downtown Miami every year, creating a $12 million annual impact, according to a study by Miami Economics Associates.
Miami Art Museum is located in downtown Miami, Florida, and is dedicated to modern and contemporary art from the 20th and 21st centuries. The majority of the work within the museum is centered on the cultures of the Americas, Africa and Europe. Just recently the museum has had exhibitions for works of art by Carlos Cruz-Diez, Quisqueya Henriquez, Janet Cardiff and George Buress Miller. Permanent exhibitions include work by Mark Dion, Marcel Duchamp, Doug Aitken and Rachel Whiteread. The museums art education program reaches more than 30,000 people each year, and is the largest program outside the public school system.