Perez’ Art Museum, Miami. Florida

Manoj Parmar | Director

The architecture of the Perez Art Museum building by Herzog & De Meuron is an attempt to capture the architecture that resonates two aspirations, largely the natural context of Miami and its tropical conditions. There seems to be an apparent tentativeness in the architecture of the building, largely in terms of what architecture is and what architecture can become. In that respect, the building captures the spirit of the city, which is constantly in flux through its peculiar geography.

The architecture of the building reflects a marginal shift from a tightly control envelop to a laissez faire envelop of tropical architecture. As one experiences the building, one’s thoughts deflect into discerning where the envelop is and where the spaces are. Although the image is not highly unpredictable as one approaches the building, but once under the large hovering canopy, the sheltered cube implodes and builds the excitement towards a rare experience. The architecture soaks into the climate and disperses the relationship of what is inside and what is outside. The epitomic box is displaced with transparency, and the legacy of architectural sensibilities cleverly subscribes the local and cultural habits of the place.

The spaces offered are largely the permanent exhibitions which are situated on the first and second floors and some spaces are dedicated for specific exhibitions. The interior of the galleries is soaked with ample natural light and seamless views of the water edge and pushes the architecture from the inside to reach to the outside.