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Location Miami Beach, Florida
In response to a design competition, Cooper Carry designed a pier-museum to commemorate the immigrant story in America. The museum is planned to exhibit personal effects, souvenirs and photos belonging to the generations of immigrants between the 1950s and the 1980s. Located at the end of 5th Street in Miami Beach, Florida, the museum structure was envisioned to stand as a horizontal monument to all the immigrants, and particularly Cuban immigrants, who arrived on these shores in search of their own American dreams. With the immigrant journey in mind, the team designed a vessel that extends out to the sea and is enclosed in glass and clad in intersecting timbers. Recognizing the moon as a beacon of light in the night sky for immigrants undertaking perilous sea voyages, the team incorporated a slot in the roof to trace the arc of the spring moon as it crosses the night sky.