Museum of Contemporary Art

North Miami, FL The museum, located between City Hall and Police Headquarters, transforms an existing parking lot into an urban art plaza and redefines the town center as a cultural complex. The building is composed of four articulated and interconnected elements, which are assembled as a composition of cubist objects to form a dynamic visual collage that provokes curiosity, engagement and an appreciation of both art and architecture. Continue Back
The structure frames an exterior sculpture courtyard, which provides pedestrian circulation to all parts of the museum and creates a visual dialogue between the Police Building and City Hall. The public plaza is outlined by a 28-foot grid of 40-foot-high palm trees at 125th street, and by the reflecting pool, studio and museum entry arcade on the south side. The materials are painted stucco, ground faced concrete block, galvanized corrugated metal panels and steel.

Associate Architect: Gelabert-Navia Architects, P.A.

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“You have translated MoCA’s programming needs into a functional facility that is easy to maintain and work within. […] Through your efforts we brought the building in “on-budget” and “on time” which was paramount to the opening of the Inaugural exhibition which we had planned.

Your vision for the museum has proven to be highly successful. The building in and of itself is a graceful sculpture and your definition of volume by the exterior colors works perfectly. Interiorly, you have created an intimate yet spacious feeling, and the galleries are totally a testament to the art which is exhibited.

[…] You have responded to our program, helped solve complex problems and were highly professional throughout the process.”

Lou Anne Colodny, Former Executive Director, MoCA

“On behalf of our city’s more than 50,000 residents, thank you for your visionary leadership in making MoCA (the singular catalyst to North Miami’s hopes and dreams) a reality.”

Howard Premer, Mayor of the City of North Miami

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