With the city skyline in the distance, this new academic campus and headquarters utilizes its entire site. The existing and new structures were given visual cohesion with a coat of bright pink paint, the school’s signature color.
S+A created an integrated campus with indoor and outdoor functionality, and flexibility for later expansion. The new circulation spine links the buildings east-west, at the same time forming a portal from the front entrance into the campus quadrangle.
Inside, naked structural and mechanical components frame abundant wall space for permanent and temporary exhibitions. Inexpensive florescent light is structured in a flexible grid. The industrial setting makes way for furnishing and wall finishes that are eclectic, exuberant and colorful.
The connecting bridge penetrates into the existing South building as a mezzanine. Flexible planning allows both the mezzanine and the open hall below to function in a variety of ways: for lectures, presentations, school gatherings, and as informal hang-out space.
Miami Ad School
Wynwood Art District, Miami, Florida | 2015
This dynamic new headquarters campus for a professional school is sited in the heart of a busy arts district.
Founded in 1993, Miami Ad School has 14 branches in 9 countries. The school wanted to move its international headquarters from Miami Beach to the burgeoning Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. The site they chose comprised several unremarkable warehouse structures on a disused grassy lot. The architect transformed the site, designing an integrated campus through reimagining the existing structures and augmenting them with a new mezzanine and a new bridge and elevator tower to improve campus circulation. Outdoor zones were created for study, play and contemplation.
Collaboration with a dozen internationally-famous street artists to paint the buildings’ bright pink facades and selected interiors created a riot of color inside and out.
Contractor: McKenzie Construction
2015 AIA Miami Award of Excellence/Honor (Renovation/Restoration)
2015 AIA Florida Award of Excellence
Photos by Robin Hill
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