"A melding of Sculpture and Science" Curbed Miami

The Brickell City Centre is a major commercial development by Swire Properties on three city blocks in downtown Miami. The “Climate Ribbon TM” 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.

HDA and Sébastien Perrault designed for the Climate Ribbon TM, 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.


Climate Ribbon Design : Sébastien Perrault (ECHOES.PARIS) & Hugh Dutton Associé

Owner, Developer and Client : Swire Properties LTD, Hong Kong and Miami

Architects Arquitectonica, Miami, Florida

Design Build contractor : Gartner, Wurzburg, Germany

Wind engineeringRWDI, 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


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Location: Brickell, Miami, Florida, USA

Start: 2011

Built : 2015

Construction cost : 30 M$

Quantities :

915 t of steel Structure

6 678 m² of glass

17 t of finishes

14 225 m² of fabric

271 t of blades

259 over sea containers



Lat/lon: 25.7674026,-80.1933899



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