Herzog & de Meuron is "deconstructing stupid architecture" in Miami

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In this movie from Miami, Jacques Herzog of Herzog & de Meuron claims the Swiss architecture studio is trying to create a “new vernacular for Miami” that eschews sealed, air-conditioned buildings in favour of more “transparent or permeable” structures.

“Very often, if you go to a place, you’re asked to do architecture that relates to that place, stylistically, or typologically or whatever,” says Herzog, who was speaking at the press preview of the new PĂ©rez Art Museum in downtown Miami, which opened in December 2013. “What would that be in Miami?”

“The most famous style or vernacular here is the art deco [buildings] on Ocean Drive, but this is relatively stupid architecture; it is just blind boxes, which have a certain decoration, like a cake or pastry, with air conditioning that makes a very strict difference between inside and outside.”

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Herzog & de Meuron is “deconstructing stupid architecture” in Miami



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