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Miami Art Museum US ConsTruCTion goes AHeAd As PlAnned


n October, Herzog & de Meuron unveiled design plans for the new US$220m (£135m, €154m) Miami


Art Museum (MAM) in Florida, US. The new facility will replace the existing


MAM at West Flagler Street in order to increase the facility’s space threefold. Of the overall 18,580sq m (200,000sq ft) of


floor space will be an 11,150sq m (120,000sq ft) interior area and a 7,430sq m (80,000sq ft) exterior area housing an educational complex featuring facilities for art and art-making, a library, an auditorium, classrooms, and art and digital media workshops, as well as a café and a shop. The increased size will allow the museum


to showcase its entire collection of 800 inter- national 20th and 21st century works of art in all mediums, with a special emphasis on art of the Americas, to the general public for the first time.


Saint Louis Art Museum US MuseuM exPAnsion ProjeCT bACk on TrACk


ignificant progress has been made on the huge expansion project at St Louis Art Museum in Missouri,


US. Following a year-long delay due to the economic downturn, work on the US$130.5m (£78.9m, €88.4m) is now back on track. Designed by David Chipperfield, the project


will increase the gallery and public space by 30 per cent to provide new galleries, a new museum shop, an auditorium, an education


www.attractionshandbook.com Huge feature windows in the new wing will provide visitors to the art galleries with views of Forest Park


centre, a fully accessible entrance and a car park. The new wing will be wrapped in full- height panels of concrete, glass and metal


and will feature huge windows, providing views of the surrounding Forest Park. Details: www.slam.org


The new MAM facility at Museum Park will sit on an elevated platform with vegetation built into its columns The new Miami Art Museum is also the


anchor for the redevelopment of the former Bicentennial Park. Renamed Museum Park, the 29-acre (12-hectare) green space over- looking Biscayne Bay will soon feature public gardens and sculpture installations. Assuming all goes to plan, the museum will


also share the park with the Miami Science Museum and Planetarium (MiaSci). The three-storey museum building will sit


on an elevated platform and below a canopy, which will create shaded plazas. Vegetation


will be built into the columns supporting the canopy, as part of a strategy to ‘bring the park into the museum’. The project began in 2000 when MAM and


the MiaSci teamed up to create a vision for a new site for their facilities, but it was not until 2007 when Herzog & de Meuron unveiled their designs. Ceremonial groundbreaking commenced at Museum Park in November 2010, with completion scheduled for spring 2013 and a public opening in the autumn. Details: www.miamiartmuseum.org


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