The garage is located in the Miami Design District. Architect and curator Terence Riley was commissioned to develop the concept for the structure and selected WORKac, J. Mayer H., Clavel Arquitectos, and Nicolas Buffe to create the garage’s facades, along with Riley’s own architectural firm K/R.
Riley drew inspiration from the surrealist parlor game, Exquisite Corpse. As was done in that game, the selected architects created images (in this case facades) with no knowledge of what the others had created. The result is a composite image whose components don’t necessarily integrate but come together in surprising and playful ways.
For the garage’s shorter eastern façade, the New York firm WORKac designed Ant Farm, a very visual display of human activity that celebrates, social interaction, sustainability, art, music, and the landscape.
Just around the corner is J.MAYER.H.’S façade – titled XOX (Hugs and Kisses) – appearing as gigantic interlocking puzzle pieces with striping and bright colors, recalling the styling and aerodynamic forms of automotive design.
The next façade along 41st Street is the work of Nicolas Buffe - a French-born artist living in Japan. His façade design reflects his passion for video games, Japanese animation, and Rococo architecture. At street level, the façade’s features four 23-foot tall caryatids standing astride the garage’s arched entrance and exits.
Moving further west, Spanish firm Clavel Arquitectos’s Urban Jam draws from the rebirth of urban life in the Miami Design District - where old structures and discarded spaces have been revived by architectural and urban designs.
Furthest west on 41st Street, is Barricades, designed by New York- and Miami-based K/R. The design is inspired by Miami’s automotive landscape; particularly it’s ubiquitous orange- and white-striped traffic barriers.
Terence Riley - Curator
Façade Designers: Work AC J.MayerH. Nicolas Buffe Clavel Arquitectos K/R
Architect of Record: Timothy Haahs and Associates
Lighting Designer: Steirs and Major
Credits: - Clavel Arquitectos - Architect - WORKac - Architect - J. Mayer H. - Architect - Speirs + Major - Lighting Designer - Nicolas Buffe - Artist - Tim Haahs Associates - Architect of Record and Structural Engineer