Design Miami/ Announces SHoP Architects as the Recipient of the 2016 Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award.
October 7, 2016
Design Miami/ is pleased to announce SHoP Architects as the recipient of the 2016 Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award. Now in its third year, the annual award is sponsored by Officine Panerai and celebrates those who have made a significant contribution to the field of design.
SHoP is being recognized for its bold, evocative architecture, philanthropic initiatives, sustainable development, and innovative practices/entrepreneurship.
In its 20 years of practice, SHoP has built a diverse portfolio of signature projects with works marked by next-generation fabrication and delivery techniques, acute attention to detail, and imaginative programmatic concepts. Though its projects span the globe, with commissions on five continents, SHoP has found particular momentum in its hometown of New York City.
SHoP projects in NYC are helping transform one of the world's most iconic skylines. A super tall mixed-use tower in Brooklyn, 9 DeKalb, which will stand at 73 stories, is currently in development—a dramatic symbol of the borough's new identity—the studio's East River Waterfront Esplanade is considered a new benchmark for successful public spaces in the city, and SHoP is at work on a major addition to the campus of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Beyond New York, SHoP's current work includes a headquarters complex for Uber in San Francisco, and the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gaborone.
SHoP's often unconventional designs are rooted in a love of craft and driven by an ongoing commitment to creating a "high-performance" architecture that embraces the field's traditional constraints in order to transcend them.
"SHoP is a place where people come together without any prescribed idea about what the esthetics of a building or public space should be, then we take complex problems and solve them with both beauty and technical proficiency," Founding Principal Gregg Pasquarelli said.
"Working with Design Miami has been a great experience and a perfect opportunity to explore the expressive possibilities of tomorrow's architecture."
SHoP’s work will be celebrated through an original design by the firm, which will serve as a public plaza at the entrance to this year’s Design Miami/ fair in December. Titled Flotsam & Jetsam, the installation seeks to make visible two qualities—one evident, one latent—in the understanding of the city today. It exists at the intersection of Miami's celebrated spirit of play, represented by a relocated landscape that mimics the beach, but also the city's emergent function as a center for creative visioning and technological discovery.
To help realize Flotsam & Jetsam, SHoP brought in Branch Technology, a Chattanooga-based fabrication firm that is working to bring 3D printing out of the realm of prototyping and tabletop production and into broader use as a full-scale, practical means of construction.
SHoP chose Oak Ridge National Laboratory to provide a second material printing technology.The contrasting method used by ORNL—which employs a biodegradable bamboo print medium—is also capable of enormous output sizes. Currently holding a world record for largest 3D printed object, ORNL will surpass that accomplishment with the completion of an essential element in SHoP's Design Miami/ installation: the bar.
In order to optimize an exploration of the possibilities of the print medium, and to create instruction sets suitable for communicating clearly with the production team, SHoP leveraged a longstanding partnership with Dassault SystПmes, an international leader in developing creative design and project management systems optimized for 3D production and direct-to-fabrication methodologies.
Structural engineering partners on the project are Thornton Tomasetti.
Taken together, the installation by SHoP presents in microcosm a method of thinking and making that holds the potential to revolutionize the expressive potential of new technologies in real-world conditions. By evoking a specifically Miami sense of seaside glamor in an environment realized through progressive creative methods, Flotsam & Jetsam seeks to be both a celebration of the city as it has long existed in the popular imagination, and an evocation of what it can become.
“SHoP represents exactly what the Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award is meant to recognize: innovation, inspiration and an outstanding point-of-view,” says Rodman Primack, Chief Creative Officer, Design Miami/. “For the first time, we will be installing the commission long-term in the Miami Design District and I cannot think of a better practice to conceive this installation. We are thrilled with the pavilion design and delighted to honor SHoP for the 12th edition of Design Miami.”
After Design Miami/, Flotsam and Jetsam will be reinstalled in the Miami Design District’s iconic Jungle Plaza to house an outdoor cultural event space for long-term public enjoyment. The space will be launched with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) in Spring/Summer 2017 alongside a signature community program for bringing world-class public sculpture to the city.
This new annual public program, based in and extending beyond Jungle Plaza will see ICA Miami curate annual sculpture installations by some of the leading artists of our time. This partnership with MDD advances the museum's mission to provide a free and open cultural resource for local and international communities. The public sculpture initiative will be further enlivened by a program of talks, performances and cocktail events under the shade of SHoP’s spirited pavilions.
The award will be presented at the Design Miami/ press reception on Tuesday, November 29 and SHoP will be celebrated at the Design Visionary dinner during the fair week. Officine Panerai, which, for many years has promoted international projects aimed at supporting the culture of design, will act as Presenting Sponsor of the event and will honor SHoP with a commissioned installation exhibited in Panerai’s Miami Design District boutique.
For its part, Panerai stands out with the dramatic power of its designs; originally conceived and produced for military use underwater, every detail in the Panerai watch is perfected to perform the function for which it was conceived. This organic connection between design and functionality is evocative of SHoP’s mission blueprint, making the design collective the ideal recipients for this year’s Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award.