Miami Parking Authority (MPA) Grove Bay Parking Garage

Coconut Grove, Florida

The mixed-use project is located at the prominent intersection of Pan American Dr., the main access to City of Miami City Hall and South Bayshore Drive. The façade design was inspired by the original use of City Hall as a sea terminal for Pan American Airlines, which employed seaplane service from the site.

The garage levels of the façade employ an open steel mesh to conceal the vehicles from exterior view, as required by the Miami zoning code, and serves as a canvas for the introduction of “art-in-public places”, which narrates the history of the site via graphics and text. To provide visual enhancement from the tall adjacent residential developments, the upper level employs an extensive trellis with canvas “sails”, which conjure the nearby Biscayne Bay.

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