First Images of Zaha Hadid’s Miami Beach Garage
December 2, 2011
And so closes the Year of Zaha, not with a bang but with whimper, registered as another generic composition of sinuous lines and edges bound up by the architect’s cladding of choice–shiny white nonmaterial. The Architect’s Journal has newly-released renderings for Zaha Hadid’s proposed $12.5 million car park at Collins Park in Miami Beach. The design is a 5-storey tall body of shifting curvilinear plates that from some angles appears as the resultant formal scenario wherein an earthquake has breached the taut envelope of FLW’s Guggenheim rotunda and set the constituent floors askew. Hadid’s garage, which lies in proximity of Frank Gehry’s New World Symphony complex, follows the formula of its successful predecessors, Herzog & de Meuron’s car park/event venue at 1111 Lincoln Road and Enrique Norten‘s recently completed garage at 420 Lincoln Road, which combines branded form making with hybrid programs including retail space for shops and nightclubs.
“Even our parking garages are more than a group of parking spaces,” beamed Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower back in September, when Hadid’s project was first announced, “Some have become destinations within themselves and have attained individual iconic status. Every building can be a work of art.” No, not every building can nor needs to be, Matti. But, just for fun, here are the parking lots of Miami.