Inaugural Open House Miami Festival Kicks Off This Week, Bringing Two Full Days of Exploration, Connection and Celebration of this Vibrant City


Inaugural Open House Miami Festival Kicks Off This Week, Bringing Two Full Days of Exploration, Connection and Celebration of this Vibrant City

Photos: Courtesy of The Miami Center for Architecture and Design

Miami, FL (February 26, 2024) – The inaugural Open House Miami festival kicks off this Friday, unlocking more than 50 unique sites across Miami and Miami Beach. For two days, historic landmarks, architectural icons and culturally significant sites will allow residents and visitors to peek behind closed doors — many of which are rarely open to the public—free of charge.

Offering exclusive insider previews, tours, expert lectures, performances and curated experiences, the festival is organized by The Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD) in collaboration with the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA),  the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), and the Miami DDA,  along with numerous local partners.

From the captivating Story of Miami City Ballet, led by Executive Director Juan Escalante and offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the MCB facilities, to the insightful Miami-Dade Transit Behind the Scenes tour at the Government Center Control Room, attendees will gain unprecedented access to the inner workings of the city’s landmarks.  Explore the architectural marvel of PAMM, heralded as a “jewel” by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, or embark on a comprehensive journey through the iconic PortMiami, observing its architecture and operations up close.

Additional newly confirmed experiences include:

Historical Little Havana Walking Tour by Viernes Culturales led by Dr Paul George and his proteges, taking a walk along SW 8 Street and behold the historic art and architecture of the one-of-a-kind neighborhood.

Marangoni in Miami: Italy’s Placemaking in the City, exhibitions hosted by Istituto Marangoni, the Miami’s preeminent school, showcasing the potential of new technologies in the textile industry for fashion and design.

Visionary Constructs: Young Architects on Tomorrow’s Cities, a panel discussion at The Bass Museum of Art hosted by Jose Gelabert-Navia, featuring young, up-and-coming architects Juan Mullerat (Plusurbia), Shawna Meyer (Atelier Mey), and Wesley Kean (KODA), who are shaping the future of cities and the built environment.

TALK & TOUR: Transformation of a Masterpiece, an illustrated talk and tour about The Bass building, the jewel of Miami Beach’s Art Deco, by New York architect David Gauld.

Design for Life: Reinventing the Modern Home, a behind-the-scenes look at C1, the most health-conscious new home in Miami with the team at Caplow Manzano.

Registration for these and many other programs is available on OHMIA website. Each program is meticulously crafted to offer an enlightening peek into the essence of Miami, showcasing its grandeur, innovation, and cultural depth.

Those who are not able to join in person this year, can begin to discover signature architecture and hidden gems on Miami Beach through the newly launched EXP Miami Beach Tours App, now available for download on both Apple and Google platforms.

For more information about Open House Miami, please visit Media information and images can be accessed here.

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