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.
The new stair and elevator tower connector creates a vertical counterpoint to the primarily low-rise campus.
A covered walkway, typical of schools throughout Florida, opens during the school day and can be closed off for security.
In addition to its obvious functionality the connector tower provides visual drama. Like the bridge, it is open to the campus, making explicit the coming and going of students and faculty.
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.
A space framed by the existing structures is repurposed as a courtyard, used for lunches during the day and reconfigured for special events in the evening.
Targeted interventions link the two buildings. A new spine, composed of a bridge and a tower, links all levels of both buildings, tracing a visible and iconic new element of the site.
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
© 2017 Shulman + Associates