“A melding of sculpture and science” Curbed Miami

SP: project principal, co-designer

Client : Swire Properties LTD, Hong Kong and Miami
Architects : Arquitectonica, Miami, Florida
Climate Ribbon Designer : Sebastien Perrault & Hugh Dutton Associé, Paris

Design Build contractor : Gartner, Wurzburg, Germany
Wind engineering : RWDI, Guelph, Ontario Canada
General Contractor : Americaribe Moriarty Joint Venture
Steel Subcontractor : Signum SPOL, Czech Republic
Glazing supplier : Eckelt, Austria
Fabric engineering : FTL Stuttgart
Fabric Manufacturer : Cannobio Italy

Date : 2011-2015

Construction cost : 30 M$

Material quantities :

  • 915.345 t of steel Structure
  • 6 678 m² of glass
  • 16.725 t of miscellaneous finishes
  • 14 225 m² of fabric
  • 271.301 t of blades
  • 259 over sea containers

The Brickell City Centre is a major commercial development by Swire properties on three city blocks in downtown Miami.  The Climate Ribbon™ is an architectural feature covering the pedestrian streetscape across distinct blocks, linking the development into a single architectural statement. It  provides shelter for the shops and circulations below and for the bridges over public roads.

The Climate Ribbon™ consists of a continuous surface of glass (11,000 m2) and architectural fabric sun-screening blades which has been fine-tuned to provide an effective microclimate within the centre, attenuating the discomfort associated with hot and humid Miami weather solely through the use of passive energy strategies. This unique urban element of the project is emblematic in both its environmental and aesthetic qualities. It shades the facades of shops and terraces directly exposed to strong sunlight and creates air circulation to improve comfort, harnessing the summer trade winds by the use of scoop features which pull gentle breezes through the public spaces.

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