The Pérez Art Museum Miami: LafargeHolcim's UHPC provides aesthetics and strength

28 April 2013

With a need for both aesthetics and resilience for a new Art Museum in Miami, Florida (USA), LafargeHolcim's ultra-high performance concrete, Ductal®, is a superior material solution that met the challenge and contributed to the construction of a building that is elegant, unique and resistant to hurricane force winds!


Located in downtown Miami, in the center of Museum Park and surrounded by a 12 hectare greenspace, the new Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is a striking facility complete with public gardens, terraces and sculptures. Designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron, it combines concrete and glass with elegance; a unique architectural creation in which to showcase works of art as well as provide educational activities, relaxation and dining.

The museum overlooks Biscayne Bay, where frequent tropical storms and exposure to the salt/sea air can cause serious problems for buildings in the area.

Ductal®, LafargeHolcim's ultra-high performance concrete, to meet the challenge

To meet the aesthetic and resilience requirements for this project, our ultra-high performance concrete, Ductal® was chosen to produce approximately 100 long-span, precast vertical mullions to blend with the structure's cast-in-place elements and support the large curtain wall glazing which surrounds the building. To minimize view obstructions, the mullions are tall (up to 4.9 m), thin and sinuous. Overall, the structure is:

  • discreet; harmoniously integrated into the surrounding environment.
  • resilient and sustainable; the UHPC mullions provide superior resistance to hurricane force winds, impact, abrasion and salt/sea air.

When completed, PAMM will offer 18,600 m² of programmable space, and serve one of the fastest growing regions in the country where a healthy convergence of Caribbean, North and South American cultures contribute to the area's vibrancy.

When PAMM opens to the public in December 2013, it is sure to attract many - both locals and tourists - for years to come.