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Mass Making In Miami: A Resilient Narrative by Atelier Mey Architects

3/1/24, 2:00 PM

About the Event

The first mass timber structure in Miami Dade County, Mass Making, opens up to offer Open House Miami visitors a storyline on the regional history of Southern Yellow Pine mass timber and the implementation process in Miami and the region. In collaboration with architects Atelier Mey, the LU_Lab at the University of Miami will transform the site into an exhibition and gallery of mass timber artifacts, University of Miami School of Architecture projective design explorations, and ongoing projects the LU_Lab is working on that explore regional, ecologically responsible building in Miami. This unique opportunity hopes to inspire and serve the public on resilient building practices.

General Admission
Friday, Mar 1, 2024 – 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 – 9:00am-5:00pm

Architect Talk
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 – 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Limited parking, take trolley or metro rail.

About the Host

The first mass timber project in Miami, House In A Garden interrogates material, application, and ingenuity through the lens of energy and ecology. Innovation is rooted in the detailing of the wall assembly; a thinned material palette exposes the structural Southern Yellow Pine Cross-Laminated Timber [CLT] prefabricated wood panels on the interior while the wall’s exterior layers are de-laminated culminating in a perforated aluminum shade parasol veiling the entire facade from solar exposure. 

The intensity of the South Florida environmental conditions pressure the building performance with driving rain, flooding, salt spray, high humidity levels, intense solar exposure, and enormous wind forces.  Performatively driven design decisions: large overhangs, high ceilings. breathable building envelope, parasol rain-screen, and mass timber structural systems work to address these climatic conditions with recycled or renewable building materials.

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