PIER MUSEUM

PIER MUSEUM

2009 Competition 
Collaboration with Behrang Behin and Ann Ha

The Miami Pier Museum is a monument to new connections. A path of sugar cane extends along 5th Street, peeling upward at the edge of the beach on a light frame structure which reaches towards the horizon, creating a shaded canopy for beach goers, a roof for the museum visitors, and an elevated viewing platform for the public atop the museum. The building appears to hover above the water as visitors cross a path in the sand to enter along a gradual ramp. The galleries unfold just under the water level, allowing the changing tides to cast a new ephemeral light on the exhibits below. As the tides shift, the light swells, the sugar cane sways in the wind, and the reflection of the sun blends the new monument into the horizon, it becomes clear that the Pier Museum is not just a static object in the past, but rather a living, dynamic network of experiences - a series of connections between land, water, horizon and city, and between new populations and old, all of whom will make their home in the city of Miami.

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