Beginning in December 2019, YoungArts welcomes the public to tour the landmark campus and learn more about the unique architectural, historical and cultural significance of the buildings, and its adaptive reuse as a place for artists from around the world to create, develop and present their work.
Located on the easternmost side of the plaza facing Biscayne Boulevard, the Tower was commissioned by former Bacardi president José “Pepin” Bosch and houses the YoungArts Gallery, Ted's at YoungArts and staff offices. Designed by Cuban architect Enrique Gutiérrez of Saenz, Cancio, Martin and Gutiérrez, the Tower comprises a rectangular seven-story structure, which appears to float weightlessly over a square glass pedestal at the plaza level. The building has four reinforced concrete columns, a set of two flat trusses and two end walls. The north and south end walls of the Tower contain panels of ribbed pre-cast concrete with a contemporary azulejo mural created by Brazilian artist Francisco Brennand. More than 28,000 tiles were fired in Brazil and installed as a giant puzzle.
The Jewel Box was designed by Ignacio Carrera-Justiz of Coral Gables, Florida. The exterior is covered in thick hammered stained glass tapestries, designed by S.E.A.R. under the direction of Gabriel and Jacques Loire of Chartres, France and based on an abstract painting by German artist Johannes Dietz. An outstanding example of modern cantilever construction, the square building is raised 47 feet off the ground by a pedestal. The two-story space cantilevers out 24 feet from its central core on all sides as each floor is hung from 28-foot tensor rods from a reinforced roof. The Jewel Box has been transformed into spaces for artists to work, collaborate and create.