ICA Miami opens permanent home in metal-faced building by Aranguren + Gallegos - architecture and design

ICA Miami opens permanent home in metal-faced building by Aranguren + Gallegos



Miami's Institute of Contemporary Art has opened its dedicated building in the city's Design District, featuring a metallic facade designed by Spanish firm Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos to act as a "magnet" for visitors.
The ICA is now welcoming visitors to its new permanent home, after operating from the historic Moore Building close-by. The opening coincides with Miami art week, which includes the Art Basel and Design Miami fairs ? along with a host of concurrent events.

Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos designed the building on NE 41st Street, in the growing Miami Design District ? already home to many luxury fashion stores, restaurants and exhibition spaces.
The task for the studio was to create a museum that could compete with other aesthetically bold structures in the area, but also blend into the surrounding neighbourhood.
"The ICA museum wants to attract and be a magnet for the public, and generate a curiosity and interest," architects María José Aranguren Lopez and José González Gallegos told Dezeen, speaking through a translator.
They took this idea literally and used geometric metal panels to clad the building's street-facing south facade. Some of these panels are set back slightly, allowing cove lighting to illuminate them at night.

"The building had to have a strong personality and character, and the materials are the ones that give the personality to the building," the duo said. "The magnetic idea ? the mirror, the metal...
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