Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation Reveals Plans For Building & Public Plaza In Edgewater

Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation has unveiled plans for a new building on Biscayne Boulevard in Edgewater.

Rene Gonzalez Architects is designing the 45,000 square foot structure, replacing a previous fortress-like design by Arquitectonica.

The building is said to be designed to address its urban environment. It features a prominent outdoor plaza, which will be open to the public. The entrance is located beneath a cantilevered second-story, which hovers dramatically over the ground to create a welcoming path into the spacious first-floor lobby. RGA has tapered the volume of the cast concrete building, so that its scale will contrast with the higher density buildings in the surrounding neighborhood.

Two sculptures will be housed within the new complex. Richard Serra’s 180-foot-long “Passage of Time” will be placed in the public plaza outdoors, protected by a glass wall and visible to pedestrians and motorists. James Turrell’s “Aten Reign” light sculpture will be housed indoors. The building is specifically designed to accommodate the height of Turrell’s sculpture along with a skylight above, while also including a corridor as a transitional space allowing visitors’ eyes to adjust to the piece.

Also housed in the building will be the Foundation’s collection of contemporary art. Entry will be free.

“The Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation’s announcement signals Miami’s ongoing evolution into a world-class destination for art and culture,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. “This innovative space will serve as a valued addition to Miami’s rich creative landscape, and make extraordinary works of art accessible to the community.”

The plans have been shown to Miami city officials, but haven’t yet been formally submitted or approved, according to the Herald. The old Arquitectonica design was rejected by officials who said it wasn’t permitted under the Miami 21 zoning code.

Groundbreaking is expected at the beginning of 2020, with completion in 2023.

 

 

 

The site, now fenced off:

The old design by Arquitectonica:

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Anonymous

Love it and love the outdoor plaza for outdoor sculptures

Anonymous

It is ugly… would love if we moved away from this contemporary garbage.

Anonymous

Show me your design

Anonymous

Should we still build buildings to look like Greek temples then? Because that was so original…

Anonymous

Both designs look like something out of a Star Wars movie.

Dokter

You beat me to it

Anonymous

Damn dude you beat me to it. lol. I was going to say it’s half of the Millennium Falcon.

Anonymous

I was thinking vacuum attachment.

Anonymous

LMAO – yes, looks like my Shark vacuum attachment (which i do like – so thumbs up)

Anonymous

NOT A GOOD THING

Anonymous

Anonymous

Polo

Both designs look kind of monolithic.

Anonymous

Guys
Not for nothing
The old design by Architectonica looks much better and more impressive

Anonymous

I like that it still has a Star Wars vibe. The fact that they “opened” the building to public views of its most cherished possessions is a plus, too.

Anonymous

“Ground breaking in 2020” Yeah for something that was proposed years ago. This new design looks like it belongs at MDC North campus.

Anonymous

What, you got a problem with Brutalism?

Anonymous

yea its horrendous design.

Anonymous

But appropriate for a collection that shouts “less is more” and “more is brutal.”

Anonymous

Brutalism will never die!!!!
A Strong Statement to the Corridor

Anonymous

Brutalism has been dead for fifty years. All I see here is some Neo-modernist hipster reincarnation crap.

Anonymous

Show me a hipster architect

Anonymous

“Show me a hipster architect”

Every soy boy and bitch who works for Stantec and believes architecture can be approached like an f-ing Jackson Pollock painting.

Anonymous

Wondering what you have In your collection

Anonymous

I don’t collect art, I admire it, like in a museum.

suomynona

Brutalism is brutal to look at.

Anonymous

Yes

Anonymous

Brutalism reminds me of ugly communist architecture.

Anonymous

Sounds personal.

Anonymous

To be fair, the communists twenty years behind in everything copied the West with Brutalism, just like how Stalinist architecture in the 1940s and 50s looks like 20s and 30s NYC skyscrapers. Yeah, most of it is crap, except work by Marcel Bruer and Richard Seifert.

Anonymous

Hopefully as many of those mature trees can be saved and moved somewhere else. It’s not like it can’t be done.

Anonymous

Me too, maybe midtown could get a actual park with mature trees.

Anonymous

Who would down vote this??

Anonymous

Why keep repeating this? city codes requires the trees be saved and relocated.

Anonymous

not really, you can just pay up, which is the preferred option.

Anonymous

yes – like when Staples was built, touting it to be a green building, blah blah – but they bulldozed two huge mahagony on the corner of the lot. Hypocritcal – prob an “accident” like the crane on the Mary house.

Anonymous

source?

Anonymous

CASA DA MUSICA……anyone?

wolfgang731

Absolutely. Took the words right out of my keypad

A. Nonymous

The Turrell looks crammed into its space in that rendering.

Anonymous

Great architecture with crappy art inside at the PAMM and hopefully great art in the inside of this „thing“…

Anonymous

BRAVO!

Anonymous

I liked the first design better… it was more imposing and tall…this design doesn’t draw as much attention but I love the project! Sad Miami only wants ugly stucco white buildings!

Anonymous

Look at hundreds of designs for new museums around the country and the world., This design is not anywhere near the level of any of them. The new cruise terminal is better. Rene is a great architect, he missed it completely with this.

Anonymous

rather have the trees really

Anonymous

The older one looked better

Anonymous

I think I liked the giant prison better

Anonymous

New layout might be an improvement. It is a close call. But definitely prefer the original cladding over the new.

Anonymous

this is why I dont donate, all your money went into this guys play house

Anonymous

Once an engineer get hold of it I doubt that giant cantilever stays.

Anonymous

That makes a bad engineer!

Anonymous

New design is much more nuanced and welcoming to the pedestrian than the old one. Overall I give it a B+, but nice to have another piece to the growing cultural infrastructure of the city. Every addition makes the whole ecosystem more rich and resilient!