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Miami Pier Museum of Latin American Immigrants by MJZ
February 24th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
The building situated directly on the coastline of the South Beach in Miami FL,USA on the axis of one of the main streets in the city would be a horizontal monument to all the immigrants who arrived on these shores in the past and a symbol emphasizing the dynamic multicultural image of this city nowadays.
The shape of the proposed museum comes from the analysis of the connotations between two phenomenons.
The external form of the object symbolizes the stages and emotions associated with the migration of Latin American immigrants and would emphasize their dramatic fate. The divisions on the elevation and the twisting of the entire form symbolizes the enormous effort and the difficulties that various groups of people had to overcome. Irregular aggressive shapes would be visible already from a distance as a symbol of their tragic history.
Another factor that played an important role in the formation of the building was the unique relationship with its coastal environment. One of the main inspiration s for the external expression of the object were the hurricanes that appear in cycles in this location. To emphasize this in the form, the elevation would be stretched on the construction of the object in the image of a large sea wave. This would give a dynamic character of the shape of the building and at the same time emphasize its importance in the area.
The Interior spatial design
The functional arrangement of the interior of the building has been designed in the way to bring the experience and feelings that accompanied the Latin American immigrants during their dramatic journey. Visitors would get to know their history not only through displays and showcases, but mainly by the feeling of the space.
The exhibition s devoted to them would be redistributed over large ascending areas covered with a twisting roof. These spaces would evoke the idea of endlessness, emptiness and the nature of the sea , which accompanied immigrants during the entire crossing.
The exhibition hall would be devided by a view and contemplation terrace wich would point out to the sea in the direction from wich the immigrants came from.
The building was designed in a way to minimize possible major forces of the winds. For this purpose, the most appropriate facade materials were chosen, the building structure was formed aerodynamically and in a resistant way to high wind and water loads.
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