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Business picks up at developer’s artwork storm shelter during Art Basel Miami Beach

December 03, 2009 04:26PM

A hurricane could take the art world by storm — literally — if it hit during this week’s Art Basel Miami Beach show. So Miami real estate developer David Lombardi built Museo Vault, an 86,000-square-foot space that could protect artworks in a worst-case scenario. The $10 million building, a five-story structure at 346 NW 29th Street, was built to resist a Category 5 hurricane, and still showcase its contents attractively. It has private viewing rooms, two galleries and an art restoration facility inside. While Lombardi said business has been slow since it opened last year, budget conscious galleries have been eager to take advantage this time. [Miami Herald]