MGarito | Design | African Art Museum
African Art Museum 01 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com African Art Museum 02 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com African Art Museum 03 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com African Art Museum 04 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com African Art Museum 05 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com African Art Museum 06 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com African Art Museum 07 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com African Art Museum 08 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com African Art Museum 09 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com African Art Museum 10 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com African Art Museum 11 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com African Art Museum 12 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com African Art Museum 13 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com African Art Museum 14 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com African Art Museum 15 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
African Art Museum 01 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com

View of model from Charleston Bay

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UF
Spring 2007
Instructor D. Cohen

This project is designed to serve the community in which it resides as a gallery / exhibition space, housing art and artifacts, and also act as a cultural education center. The project focused on educating its visitors on topics related to African / African American art and culture. Given the rich history of Charleston, South Carolina and its active role transforming the lives of many Africans through slave trade, the location serves this project within the larger contextual ideals of what this museum represents. With such significant historic artifacts this gallery is designed to be to channel its patrons to a kind of spiritual awareness of the history and reality of African / African American art and culture.

The program of this project called for several functions in addition to the exhibition spaces, a library focused on African art, a large hall for events and meetings which could be subdivided into two class rooms as necessary. In addition to these main spaces there are a number of office spaces and space for a small bookstore. Though these programmatic requirements are in fact relatively standard among art museums and galleries, accommodating them on the unconventional site was quite a challenge.

The site was originally a ships birth, where slaves would be offloaded and marched into the U.S. Customs House located directly across the street, as seen in the first image. Over time the birth has filled in with sediment and is now a shallow marsh supporting grasses and animal life.We were also given the option of moving out over the water, assuming we did not interfere with he ports shipping lanes. As result the majority of our site was over water.

I choose to move the project elements to the edges of the site to frame the marsh land, placing the main galley over the water with an unobstructed view westward, overlooking Charleston bay.

African Art Museum 01 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
African Art Museum 02 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
African Art Museum 03 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
African Art Museum 04 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
African Art Museum 05 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
African Art Museum 06 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
African Art Museum 07 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
African Art Museum 08 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
African Art Museum 09 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
African Art Museum 10 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
African Art Museum 11 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
African Art Museum 12 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
African Art Museum 13 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
African Art Museum 14 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
African Art Museum 15 Project completed at the University of Florida UF Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com