FIGHTING THE ELEMENTS

The steel, fabric and glass ribbon is designed to create a cooler microclimate by scooping up breezes, providing a cover during rain showers and generating shade for walkways, shops, restaurants, escalators and terraces. The system is expected to capture five million gallons of water a year in cisterns for reuse.

Brickell City Centre will be a four-block complex on nine acres along South Miami Avenue just north of Eighth Street. When it’s fully built, the 5.4 million-square-foot project will include 565,000 square feet of shopping and entertainment, two residential towers, a 263-room hotel with 89 apartments, a wellness center and Class-A offices.      

 The concepts behind the Climate Ribbon, which Swire Properties has trademarked, were developed with Cardiff University of Wales” chief of architecture science, Miami’s Arquitectonica and designer, HDA | Hugh Dutton & Associate’s of Paris. German design/build firm Gartner has been contracted to build the structure. ?

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