Design Miami/ announces 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’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.
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.
- Design Miami: Flotsam & Jetsam by SHoP Architects