Miami Beach City Hall Annex manipulates light and shadow to mimic the flow of the beach’s breeze.
Miami Beach City Hall Annex office liner which also includes a seven story parking garage and public entry square was completed in February 2010.
Inspired by its unique tropical location, The Miami Beach City Hall Annex manipulates light and shadow to mimic the flow of the beach's gentle tropical breeze. This is accomplished via a sophisticated surface of undulating metal blades that veils 7 levels of parking and public services. A sense of gentle motion is provided by the movement of sun over these blades throughout the course of the day, and a continuously changing choreography of artificial lighting that reflects off the blades at night. This same lyrical surface functions to provide shade and reflect daylight deep into the parking floor plates behind it. High-performance glazing, exterior sunshades and a canopy colonnade allow for careful day lighting of the project's 35,000 SF of offices that line the west edge of the parking structure.
The project sits along the north edge of Miami Beach's vibrant commercial district, and is designed as a gateway to the pedestrian culture of legendary South Beach beyond. Local keystone accents on vertical elements and appropriate scale and orientation allow the building to create a dialogue with the existing, adjacent civic buildings. This contextual sensitivity is reinforced by the design of a pedestrian plaza and park on the southwest corner of the site which, together with the building, form a complex that completes a Civic Centre Campus for the city.