Grove Bay Parking Garage
Miami, Florida | Parking Facade with Powder-Coated Graphics
Metal mesh is the canvas for a series of powder-coated seaplane images on Miami’s Grove Bay garage located at the historic site of an early 1900s naval air station and Pan American Airway’s base for flying boats from 1930-1945. Today, the garage – a public-private venture between the city, parking authority and investors – serves the mixed-use Regatta Harbour development and adjacent Miami City Hall. The 333-space garage includes a public art component – as required on all new Miami development projects – which, as an homage to the site, features eight graphics of Clipper flying boats interspersed with milestone dates and descriptors. The durable open mesh pattern, which complies with city and state hurricane codes, covers portions of the second and third-floor façade obscuring vehicle visibility while providing ventilation for garage users. The mesh is lit at night.
"The project’s location – directly visible from a prominent street and at the gateway to City Hall – required that the building’s façade be attractive and imaginative. Cambridge’s wide selection of mesh designs provided the best option to achieve several seemingly contradictory requirements: block direct visibility of automobiles as required by code; be open enough to satisfy the owner’s requirements; and act as a canvas for artwork to fulfill the City’s Art in Public Places mandate. Cambridge’s Lanier pattern proved to be the ideal product to satisfy these three criteria. "