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Snøhetta designs new expansion of Museum of Sex in Miami

United States Architecture News - Jan 24, 2023 - 11:56   554 views

Snøhetta designs new expansion of Museum of Sex in Miami

World-renowned architecture practice Snøhetta has revealed design for the new expansion of Museum of Sex in Miami, set to be opened in spring 2023. 

The 3,000-square-metre museum will be converted from a warehouse in the Allapattah neighbourhood in northwest Miami. 

When completed, the building will be the second location of the museum whose flagship location opened its doors in 2002 and designed by SHoP Architects in New York.

Snøhetta's museum will feature three large exhibition galleries, serving to temporary and permanent exhibitons, retail space, and a bar. 

The museum's Miami location will "mark the institution's most ambitious undertaking yet and with over 40 exhibitions, it will preserve, present, and celebrate the cultural significance of human sexuality. 

Snøhetta designs new expansion of Museum of Sex in Miami

Hajime Sorayama, Untitled, 2019, Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene resin, Urethane Resins, silver plating, LED neon light, steel (H270 x W103 x D103 cm). Image © Hajime Sorayama, courtesy of NANZUKA

The museum's inaugural exhibition program will include Hajime Sorayama's work, titled Desire Machines. Another temporary exhibition will present a historical survey, named Modern Sex: 100 Years of Design and Decency. 

The third exhibition will be a significantly scaled up interpretation of Super Funland: Journey into the Erotic Carnival, which will be  the museum’s thrilling immersive experience. 

Inspired by the decadent carnal origins of the carnival dating back to the Roman Bacchanal, the multi-layered installation will present an immersive “carnival fairground” featuring dazzling amusements and games that play on sexual thrills, humor, and decadence. 

Super Funland: Journey into the Erotic Carnival is designed in collaboration with internationally celebrated artists and designers including Bompas & Parr, Bart Hess, Rebecca Purcell, and RuPaul among others.

The museum's exhibitions and programs are set to span genres that evoke the vibrant complexity of human sexuality, connecting the present with the past, and balancing the serious and the playful. 

Snøhetta designs new expansion of Museum of Sex in Miami

Flier; Vital Power Vacuum Massager, c. 1920s. Paper. Museum of Sex Collection. Image courtesy of The Museum of Sex

"The Museum of Sex is devoted to bringing the best of current scholarship to the widest possible audiences and is committed to encouraging public awareness, discourse, and engagement," stated The Museum of Sex in a press release. 

"We are excited to reach this major milestone in our history and to bring our vision to the vibrant cultural landscape of Miami," said Daniel Gluck, Executive Director and Founder of Museum of Sex.

"Our inaugural programming perfectly embodies our ambitions to be a thought-provoking forum around sex and sexuality, and to bring forth a unique, publicly loved, and critically acclaimed cultural offering to Miami," Gluck added.

In addition to its rotating special exhibitions and Super Funland: Journey into the Erotic Carnival, the Museum of Sex also will also house and preserve a permanent collection of more than 20,000 artifacts and artworks, including photographs, clothing and costumes, technological inventions, historical ephemera, and archival objects that would typically not be preserved and displayed by other institutions due to their sexual nature.

The new museum is fueled by Miami’s vibrant arts community, while setting a unique position as a cultural epicenter. According to the museum, the new outpost will offer "Miami locals and visitors a destination unlike any other they have been offered before." 

The Museum of Sex will share additional information and details about the opening in the coming months.

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The firm is also working on the transformation of the Natural History Museum of Lille in northern France. 

Snøhetta, founded in 1989, is led by Craig Dykers and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen. The firm's portfolio spans projects in various typologies and sizes, ranging from architecture, interior design to products. 

Top image courtesy of The Museum of Sex and Snøhetta.

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