Shimmering Cambridge Architectural metal grille that obscures vehicle visibility on Miami’s new vehicle Public parking garage in Grove Bay is also the canvas for a series of bold graphics that pay homage to the historic seaplanes that once flew off the construction site.
The Coral Grove’s Dinner Key garage location was home to the first continental naval air base in the early 20th century and later became the base for Pan American Airways flying boats serving destinations in Havana and South America from 1930 to 1945.
The garage is a public-private company between the City of Miami, the Miami Parking Authority and investors. She will serve customers in the retail stores, restaurants and marina of Regatta Harbor as well as visitors to Miami City Hall, the former Pan-American Art Deco terminal.
“The location of the project can be seen directly from a prominent street and at the gate to the town hall,” said Marcel Morlote, AIA, Senior Vice President at Wolfberg Alvarez & Partners. “The facade of the building had to be attractive and imaginative.”
The second and third floors – on four out of five sides of the garage – are covered with Cambridge Lanier pattern. The metal grille contains eight images of Clipper flying boats, interspersed with milestone dates and aviation descriptions, powder coated onto the rustproof fabric.
“The mesh designs,” said Morlote, “offered the best option to meet several seemingly conflicting needs: block direct visibility of automobiles as per the requirements of the code; be open enough to meet owner’s requirements; and serve as a canvas for works of art to fulfill the city’s mandate for art in public places. “
The city requires developers to spend 1.5 percent of the public art budget on all new construction projects. The flying boat graphics are reminiscent of a piece of Miami history in a contemporary way, Morlote said.
Cambridge’s heavy-duty rustproof netting, woven by artisans on the east coast of Maryland, offers several key functional benefits, according to the company’s sales director, Ivan Zorn.
“With an open area of 48 percent, the network hides vehicles from the outside, at the same time meets the requirements for outdoor ventilation and provides a tightly woven medium for applying the powder-coated graphics,” said Zorn. “The tensioned mesh panels also meet Florida building codes for wind strength and hurricane resistance.”
A total of 267 stainless steel mesh panels (10,356 square feet) were installed in the 333-space garage.
The garage and the network are illuminated at night.
Garage owner: City of Miami, Miami Parking Authority and Grove Bay Investment Group
Architect: Wolfberg Alvarez partner
Stainless steel mesh: Cambridge Architectural
Graphic: Rendered images of Will Hemsley V powder coated by Metal Arc
General contractor: MCM
Plumber: L & S erector
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