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Rubell Museum opens in Miami

Selldorf Architects, December 2, 2019

This week the Rubell family welcomed their first visitors to the new Rubell Museum in a Selldorf-designed, 100,000 sf campus in the Allapattah neighborhood of Miami. The museum was created through the adaptive re-use of six industrial structures that were transformed into one coherent whole. The expansion of the collection into this single-story campus is not just an opportunity for the public to engage more deeply with the art, but with the neighborhood as well. The design of the building welcomes visitors with a few key elements: a lush new courtyard garden replaces a former loading dock; an internal street organizes circulation clearly; and the strategic insertion of windows into the warehouse structures allows natural daylight into the space. The building maintains the overall vocabulary of these original structures while updating them sensitively to serve their new public purpose. For more about this project, see our project post, and articles in the New York Times, Architectural RecordSurface Magazine, and Architectural Digest.