Miami Beach, Fl
The 20th Street Pump Station has been located as part of the median of the street. The median is equipped with a work yard and a raised electrical panel that is visible and not very comfortably melded into the site.
For us the 20th Street Pump station is an important visual marker of what coastal cities will need to provide to the their infrastructure as a response to rising world sea levels and the anticipated increase in the number and magnitude of hurricanes as a result of global warming. The 20th Street pump would then become the first visible acknowledgement of this new reality. Therefore we view it as an opportunity to facilitate and allow the public of the city to realize its presence and purpose.
The partial veiling of the platform and electrical panels with glass screens will create a transition into the existing site context. The use of the glass screens will provide a visual movement suggesting the ebb and flow of tidal flooding and storm water, and create a transparency of the physical infrastructure. Because the pump station is dynamic and attuned to the ebbs and flows of excessive storm water, the design approach takes it cues from movement.
The glass panels engage the perimeter of the work yard with four offset color tinted transparent glass planes on aluminum frames. The angled glass creates a visually charged reading that dynamically changes depending on your orientation to it. Integrated between the layers of glass and hurricane laminate is an integral transparent graphic film that contains a collage of images that reference the pump, its function, and the larger context of the low elevation of the South Florida peninsula. The dynamic angles reiterate the sweeping geometry of the Publix building, and the source imagery is derived from storm water system diagrams, aquifer and tidal maps, pump equipment and aerial photographs of the everglades.