Comprehensive design of a community center
Wynwood is a district of Downtown, Miami that originated as the home of the textile industry. Recently it has assumed the role of the arts district of the city as old warehouses have been converted into galleries. Like many urban art districts there is a desire of young artists to live nearby at low cost eventually transforming the neighborhood into a desirable place to live for others. Wynwood is currently undergoing this process and requires a number of civic improvements in order to thrive.
A semester long comprehensive studio focused on providing a community amenity in the form of an art center and library on an undeveloped site. An analysis of the warehouse and gallery typology was the inspiration for the final form of the building. Intersecting volumes reveal themselves both inside and out while separating functions and providing uninterrupted circulation. A perforated aluminum screen conceals punched openings emulating the blank walls of warehouses seen throughout the district.
University of Miami
Comprehensive Design Studio, Fall 2011
Instructors: Victor Santana, Juan Azulay