The Wynwood Garage Facade, Miami, is a permanent architectural facade for a new 8-story mixed-use and parking garage in Miami, Florida, USA.
As a high profile presence for local urban renewal, the new facade merges optical layering that progressively syncs with its street art context.
The Wynwood Arts District is the creative arts hub of Miami. Attracting visitors from around the world to explore and photograph its murals, this edgy part of the city is home to the highest concentration of street art in the U.S. The painted walls of Wynwood visually overtake its everyday architecture, forming an urban canvas that regenerates over time with continual repainting. The combined effect is a visual context that never stops changing. The 23,225 sq. m Wynwood Garage includes 1,858 sq. m of retail space on its ground level, 2,787 sq. m creative office space at the top floor level, and public parking for 428 automobiles within its intermediate levels.
Understanding that ‘car-park-brutalism’ would be incongruous with this artistic neighborhood, the façade’s free-form pattern offers a non-narrative condition: the softened outlines hover between recognizable shapes and unfamiliar forms, resist definitive naming, and cast the viewer into an active role of visual interpreter. The result is a loose-fit facade that intentionally contrasts with interior spaces, and reinforces the misalignment between painted walls and interiority found throughout Wynwood’s architecture. At closer proximities the façade’s pattern blends with the neighborhood texture; and nearer to street level, focused areas of articulation guide the eye downward to pedestrian street activities.
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