Pavilion MMM Will Transform Miami's Cultural Plaza Into a Giant Swingset This Summer
The Dawntown Miami design competition has produced plenty of unique theoretical projects: a giant helium balloon at the Miami Marine Stadium, for instance. This June, one of those ideas will come to fruition: Pavilion MMM, a temporary installation made of swinging garage sale chairs, canvas shades, and construction scaffolding that'll take over the plaza at the Miami-Dade Cultural Plaza.
Chicago-based team Design With Company won Dawntown's Design/Build 2 competition, which challenged designers to reinvent the cultural plaza that's home to HistoryMiami, the main branch of the Miami-Dade Public Library, and the former Miami Art Museum. The team, led by Allison Newmeyer and Stewart Hicks, submitted plans to scour Miami's yard sales for different styles of chairs; removing the legs of those chairs; painting the chairs in bright colors; and hanging them from a large scaffolding structure to take over the plaza.
According to Dawntown:
The chairs here tell a story about Miami and the experience of the people that make up our multicultural city. The designers explain this in a series of visual metaphors of a chair being found, it is then brought home where it is loved and becomes part of the furniture we grow up with, and eventually resold or given away to restart the process over again.
The name Pavilion MMM, of course, is an acronym, standing for "Miami Many-a-chair Monument."
If you ask us, the scaffolding tells a more relevant story, reflecting the massive amount of construction (and its temporary, not particularly eye-pleasing side effects) that has taken over Miami in recent years.
There's just one problem with Pavilion MMM: It's scheduled to be constructed in June. Maybe a giant outdoor swingset would work in a Chicago summer, but between the oppressive heat, humidity, and torrential downpours in Miami in June, Pavilion MMM might go unused. No canvas shade in the world can convince South Floridians to spend time outside during hurricane season.