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Miami Art Museum&#146s Planned New Building: Renzo Piano via Herzog & de Meuron?

The design (to be further refined) of the planned new Miami Art Museum was revealed yesterday at a public conversation in Miami among Terence Riley, the museum’s director (who was formerly chief curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art) and two architects for the project from the firm of Herzog & de Meuron—Pierre de Meuron and Christine Binswanger.

Here’s what the new MAM will look like:

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Rendering of Miami Art Museum
© Herzog & de Meuron, visualization by Artefactorylab

Wait a minute! Haven’t I seen something like that before?

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Actual photo (by me) of Art Institute of Chicago’s new Modern Wing, designed by Renzo Piano
If you hadn’t told me that the top image was a Herzog & de Meuron creation, I would have sworn it was Renzo Piano‘s latest rectilinear, flat-roofed art pavilion, topped off by yet another white brise-soleil canopy, adorned this time by hanging vines for a tropical vibe. (You can click the Miami photo for a closer look.)

In any event, completion is anticipated for 2012, with opening scheduled for 2013. The press release notes that $100 million is being raised through a voter-approved Miami-Dade County bond issue, but it doesn’t say how much of the capital campaign’s additional $120 million is pledged or in hand. All it says about the fund drive is this:

The trustees of the Museum are committed to raising additional funds from a combination of public and private sources, and have begun the fundraising process.

In the meantime, they’re still using this:

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Current home of the Miami Art Museum

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