latin american art miami (LAAM) by FR-EE




FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise has unveiled its design for the new latin american art museum (LAAM) in miami as part of art basel miami beach 2014. when built, LAAM will house a contemporary art collection, which includes artists such as diego rivera, fernando botero, wifredo lam, guillermo kutica, roberto matta, rufino tamayo, among others.


the new museum will be situated on biscayne boulevard within a residential complex, serving as the main access to the people living in the 111 apartments, which are going to be built later – acting as a meeting point and cultural hub for locals and visitors alike.



video showing the new 4 storey LAAM building in miami




in order to translate this context, FR-EE has proposed a building generous in terraces and open spaces to transfer the exterior context into the building. the terraces of the different floors that will display artworks out in the open air.


the different levels of the building define LAAM’s program. the first floor will be reserved to young and emergent artists; the second one will be for temporal exhibitions; the third floor will house a selection of 600 pieces belonging to the permanent collection; finally, a restaurant will crown the top of the building.

museum exterior – each level features a mixture of indoor and outdoor gallery spaces




LAAM’s design emphasizes the benefits of the tropical architecture, such as natural air circulation, access to open spaces, foliage and the presence of the sea and the sun. the terraces will also spark off the curiosity of the neighbors and the pedestrians strolling in the boulevard.


LAAM will not only be a flexible platform for the promotion of latin american modern and contemporary art, but also its best ambassador in miami: a venue where young and emerging artists will find an appropriate atmosphere, where tourists and locals will be able to discover the new artistic proposals and where the fans will have the chance of discovering one of the most ambitious collections of latin american art.


the aim is to transform LAAM into the most significant institution for displaying this art in america. it will be completely focused on promoting its knowledge through a continuous process of appreciation and reinterpretation of latin american art and its diaspora.

the ground floor will feature a gallery for young emerging artists, a museum shop and café

visualization of the permanent gallery housed on the 3rd floor

aerial view of the LAAM

the museum will house works by artists such as diego rivera, fernando botero, roberto matta and rufino tamayo

the new museum will be situated on biscayne boulevard within a residential complex



project info:


name: latin american art miami (LAAM)
site: miami, florida, USA
program: exhibitions, parking and services
construction area: 90,000 sqf
architect: FR-EE / fernando romero enterprise
FR-EE team: fernando romero, sergio rebelo, unai artetxe, daniela gallo, sunny ruoting, celia julve, joão urbano, jessica wang, yuri jeong, alex zee, feifei song, qingyi chen, francisco crisóstomo, wen zhu