The adaptive reuse of this French Revival residence from 1920 into a new Museum of Art and Design for the Miramar Community creates a link between past and present by preserving the shell of the original house and transforming its previously dilapidated interior into modern exhibit spaces for the museum/cultural center.
One of the main design challenges was preserving the original character and presence of the residence within the historic zone, while being able to develop an efficient adaptive reuse of the structure, with modern interventions, within a constricted site with multiple and varied adjacent commercial and residential structures.
The final project is composed of three main elements:
• The shell of the original house that provides the museum’s primary exhibition spaces
• The exposed concrete module that houses the stairs, restrooms, elevator, and the multipurpose education room at the second level.
• The glass pavilion that provides the entry vestibule and the main events hall. It is a modern flexible space dedicated to communal activities, video projections and large-scale exhibitions.
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