IwamotoScott, City View Garage

IwamotoScott Facade for Miami Design District City View Garage

The Southeast quadrant of the Miami Design District's City View Garage was designed by IwamotoScott Architecture, a San Francisco-based design practice. The facade features a generative design of variable prefabricated aluminum parts, manufactured by Zahner in Kansas City.

IwamotoScott was commissioned alongside New York-based architects Leong Leong and Southern California-based artist John Baldessari, by Dacra and L Real Estate to create three unique facades for the City View Garage in Miami's Design District. IwamotoScott's portion of the facade wraps around the parking structure's Southeast corner and includes an elevator lobby, exterior stair, and the office block.

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Photograph of the IwamotoScott Facade during construction, Miami Design District City View Garage.
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Photo of IwamotoScott Facade for the Miami Design District City View Garage

Detail of the IwamotoScott Facade for the Miami Design District City View Garage.
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Interior detail view of the IwamotoScott Facade for the Miami Design District City View GarageView from inside the rooftop of the IwamotoScott Facade for the Miami Design District City View Garage

 

Interior and roof view of the IwamotoScott Facade for the Miami Design District City View Garage.
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The building was designed to avert the need for industrial ventilation of the parking area. IwamotoScott met this challenge with a modular decorative metal screen, whose mechanically-folded aluminum system features variously sized apertures to provide the required porosity for natural ventilation.

Sited along the edge of the Design District adjacent to I-195, the parking structure is part of a larger plan to bring arts, luxury, and culture into the new district. The main body of the building is a parking structure above a level of retail storefront and includes a small six story office block.

Developing the IwamotoScott facade for City View Garage

There are five different repeating modules, which are custom-fabricated by Zahner using 40 panel types. Zahner developed the modular design using powercopies to programmatically control the design's various parts in both the operational engineering, plant, and hanging in the field.

The aluminum parts were painted using a gradient coloring scheme, which provides a subtle gradation of its five unique aperture sizes, suspended from fins which cantilever from the edges of the garage's concrete slabs.

Photo of IwamotoScott Facade for the Miami Design District City View Garage

IwamotoScott Facade for the Miami Design District City View Garage.
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Rendering of the Digital model of the IwamotoScott facade, color-coded to indicate its five repeating panel types

Digital model of the IwamotoScott facade, color-coded to indicate its five repeating panel types.
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Rendering of the Color-coded facade panel types for the IwamotoScott facade, indicating the paint output usedDiagram of the panel module using variable parts for the IwamotoScott facade

 

Diagrams for the IwamotoScott Facade for the Miami Design District City View Garage.
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Powercopy diagram for the generative design used on the IwamotoScott Facade for Miami Design DistrictDiagram of the 40 panel types used to create the IwamotoScott Facade at Miami Design District

 

Diagram of the 40 panel types used to create the IwamotoScott Facade at Miami Design District.
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Example photo of the crated IwamotoScott facade parts used on the City View GaragePhoto of a Zahner fabricator crating the aluminum parts for the IwamotoScott Facade

 

Zahner fabricator crates the aluminum parts for the IwamotoScott Facade.
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Photo detail of the IwamotoScott Facade for the Miami Design District City View Garage, adjacent to the Baldessari section

Detail of the IwamotoScott Facade for the Miami Design District City View Garage.
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Photo of the IwamotoScott Facade for the Miami Design District City View Garage

Eastern view of the IwamotoScott Facade for the Miami Design District City View Garage.
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Upward view of the IwamotoScott Facade for the Miami Design District City View Garage

Upward view of the IwamotoScott Facade for the Miami Design District City View Garage.
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Photo of IwamotoScott Facade for the Miami Design District City View Garage

IwamotoScott Facade for the Miami Design District City View Garage.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

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