Plans for a new addition to Miami's Design district have garnered praise from local gallery owners and art leaders. Madrid-based architecture firm Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos, in conjunction with Miami firm Wolfberg Alvarez & Partners, has designed preliminary interior plans for a new space called the Institute of Contemporary Art, or ICA Miami.
The three-story, 37,500-square-foot museum is expected to open its doors on Northeast 41st Street in time for Art Basel 2016. Design and construction will be privately funded by art collectors and philanthropists Norman and Irma Braman, amongst others, and built on land donated by Miami Design District Associates. Irma wants to differentiate ICA from other local institutions by promoting experimentation and avant-garde art.
The Spanish firm's first U.S. project plans include a 15,000 square foot sculpture garden and 20,000 square feet of exhibition galleries. Construction costs have yet to be determined, and final designs are due in early 2015. Plans are set to go before the Miami Commission in January 2016 for approval and zoning.
The institute's site neighbors the de la Cruz Collection of Contemporary Art, a privately owned space that exhibits works and facilitates art education. "The ICA is a fantastic idea," said art collector Rosa de la Cruz to the Miami Herald's Howard Cohen. "Up to now, [the museums] have been spread all over the place. This will be great in creating an art ambiance."