Pérez Art Museum Miami

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the recently opened Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) reflects the natural and urban landscape of Miami and responds to the city’s rapid growth as a cultural destination.

“Miami is known for its iconic art deco district – in fact art deco was about decorated boxes with no great relationship and exchange between inside and outside. The greatest thing, however, that makes Miami so extraordinary is its amazing climate, lush vegetation and cultural diversity. How can these assets be fully exploited and translated into architecture? That’s the way we tried to go with our design for the new art museum in Miami,” said Jacques Herzog, Founder, Herzog & de Meuron.

The three-story facility includes 200,000 square feet of programmable space, comprised of 120,000 square feet of interior space―a three-fold increase from the Museum’s previous facility―and 80,000 square feet on the exterior. PAMM sits upon an elevated platform and below a canopy, both of which extend far beyond the Museum’s walls creating a shaded veranda. Designed by artist and botanist Patrick Blanc, native tropical plants hang from the canopy between the structural columns and platforms.

“The building’s environmental circumstances, the hot climate, the heavy storms, have informed the architectural concept in the very first place. The use of concrete and the large canopy are part of a strategy to keep the heat out. Nevertheless, the building appears as a rather fragile structure, and perhaps that is also the beauty of it” said Christine Binswanger, Senior Partner, Herzog & de Meuron.

Art is displayed throughout the entire building, including the garden and the parking garage. PAMM includes education facilities, a shop, waterfront café, and exterior plazas and gardens. By offering a specific range of differently proportioned exhibition spaces and a variation of interior finishes, as opposed to a traditional sequence of generic white cubes, PAMM proposes a new model of curating and experiencing art.

The Museum’s inaugural exhibitions include the first cycle of works from the permanent collection, displaying art produced in South America, North America, and the Caribbean in an exhibition titled ‘AMERICANA’. Work by iconic Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is will also be on display. ‘Ai Weiwei: According to What?’ is the first major international survey of this vital artist’s multifaceted artistic oeuvre and explores universal topics of culture, history, politics and tradition.


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