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The Design District debuts its insane new parking garage tomorrow

Written by
Ryan Pfeffer

Miami has a thing for beautiful parking garages and—as a city that drives just about everywhere—we ain’t complaining. Most of us know the famous and pointy 1111 Lincoln Road, but tomorrow Miami welcomes its newest crazy garage to the Design District.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Museum Garage, a parking garage that looks like it was designed by Dr. Seuss and a Gatorade bottle full of LSD. Located at the corner of NE 1st Ave and NE 41st St, directly across from the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Museum Garage is an absolutely cartoonish (and we really do mean that in a good way) structure.

The seven-story garage is the product of a collaboration between five different architects: WORKac, J. Mayer H., Clavel Arquitectos, Nicolas Buffe and K/R Architects. Each was given carte blanche on their own area of the parking garage and the result is a delightful mash-up of color, personality and shapes that work wonderfully well despite its chaotic clashing. One wall holds 45 shiny car exoskeletons; next to it, a collage of traffic barriers cover the wall. Another chunk, called “Ant Farm,” was inspired by an ant colony.

It’s all pretty incredible and deserving of a nice long in-person look. Museum Garage opens for business tomorrow, April 24, and will fit 800 cars plus some retail space on the ground floor. There will be a panel discussion featuring the architects tomorrow as well that you can RSVP to here. The parking rates will be like everywhere else in the Design District: $3.00 for every 4 hours. And—we can’t believe we're actually saying this—we’re happy to pay to park in such a beautiful monstrosity. 

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