City View Garage
IwamotoScott, in collaboration with Leong-Leong, have seen the successful completion of the City View Garage in Miami’s Design District. The facade, its most prominent feature made up of the most noticeable perforated aluminium.
The building is an office block, towering at six stories above ground, while embanking the freeway that runs along the site. The building overall, as an object in the landscape, achieves or more so continues with the aesthetic of the Design District. Miami is a social place, and the playful openings presented by the architects responds to this environment.
The interior is affected by the screen more violently than the exterior side of the envelope, as the play of light resembles glass shards in both its harshness and fragmented manner.
The screen itself, digitally fabricated, provides ventilation and filtration of natural light, but the interior effect achieved (as seen above) is one that creates an anxious anxiety within the space. If I were working in this office late in the afternoon and I was confronted by all these bits of light, i would get trememndously annoyed. The imagery of the space is romantic, while the reality is far from it.
As far as the programme goes, this building masks the on-goings of the inside, the screens providing a place to hide away from the busy street life. The accessible rooftop is best described in this manner, because it seems like an entirely different atmosphere in and about the building from the busy street and corner edges.
The facade facing the rest of the Design District is used for marketing in the form of billboards. Artist John Baldessari displays his work, an ode to Miami’s past and present, the gestalt of the district. This add another dimension to the building, another spectacle, which leaves no facade untouched.
Location: Miami, FL, USA
Area: 1403.0 sqm
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Craig Scott , Daniel Balean, Robin Hill, Vernon Jones
Design Architect: IwamotoScott Architecture; Principals: Lisa Iwamoto, Craig Scott, AIA
Design Team: Anne Schneider, Cooper Jones
Architect Of Record: Tim Haahs Architects + Engineers; Brad Giresi, AIA, Vernon Jones, LEED AP
Metal Panel Fabricator: Zahner
by Thelma Ndebele