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Playful postmodernism for new museum

Jez Abbott
18 Mar 2019

Metal sculptures and soft landscapes have given a playful twist to an iconic museum.

Boca Raton Museum of Art recently underwent a major renovation of its exterior landscape, designed by Glavovic Studio and Studio Roberto Rovira.

The $1.8m project achieves a new prominent visibility for the museum located in Mizner Park, Florida.

The museum building, designed around 18 years ago by Donald Singer, is a classic postmodern structure with bold volumes abounding with cornices, windows, and rusticated masonry.

It is emblematic and evocative of Addison Mizner’s Mediterranean revival architecture of the 1920s that has left a distinctive and indelible stamp on Boca Raton.

This latest project began in late 2017 and is due to be completed by the end of August. It hinges on how best to create a new relationship between the museum and the changing local dynamics.

Designers comprehensively reimagined the museum’s public facing exteriors by repainting, re-lighting and using new signage.

New winding walkways will be lined with native grasses. The loading dock gate is being replaced with a 12-foot high screen of metal, mirrored, and acrylic panels designed by Margi Glavovic Nothard of Glavovic Studio, an architecture and design firm based in Fort Lauderdale.

A gated partition continues around the south-west corner as a vertical 12-foot green wall of bougainvillea, creeping fig, garlic vine, queen’s wreath, and wild allamanda.

“Our goal is to create the kind of dynamic outdoor environment that we strive for in our museum’s galleries,” said Irvin Lippman, executive director of Boca Raton Museum of Art.

“Designers including landscape architect Roberto Rovira have ensured the landscape, architecture and art are integrated without barriers or boundaries.”

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