Collins Park Garage
Located in the Bass Museum neighborhood, and behind the Library and Ballet buildings, the project unifies two sites that are separated by a street. In a joint venture with Zaha Hadid Architects, the $22.5 million building includes 17,000-square-feet of retail areas, 480 parking structure, public plaza for events, weekend food markets or exterior movie projections, the existing street is closed to cars and the new pedestrian corridor will link the Complex with the Bass Museum Park. The project is targeted for LEED SILVER certification.
Recognizing the impact of high volumes of visitors to the Miami Beach area and the ensuing difficulties for Miami Beach residents, the city commissioned several studies for how to improve infrastructure and resident mobility. One of the conclusions was to provide additional parking both strategically and creatively. A site for a parking garage was selected adjacent to Collins Park.
The Collins Park area includes a park and a number of cultural buildings, as well as important pedestrian and urban links in Miami Beach. A parking structure here must deliver more than a purely functional parking garage; the architecture must participate in and enhance the surrounding context.