The US$1.1 billion, 5.4-million-square-foot (500,000-square-meter) Brickell City
Centre is shaping up to be an unusual shopping mall.
The team designing the open-air project in downtown Miami, Florida, USA had
to contend with a local zoning code requiring stores to open directly onto public
sidewalks. That created a big project challenge: keeping shoppers cool in Miami’s
Inspiration for the solution came from designer Hugh Dutton’s upbringing in
tropical Jamaica. Popular verandas along many buildings on the Caribbean island
inspired him to cover City Centre’s outdoor walking areas with a 1,000-foot-long
(305-meter) glass, steel and fabric “climate ribbon” designed to capture and funnel
7-mile-per-hour (11-kilometer-per-hour) breezes through the project site, says Stephen Owens, president of Swire Properties Ltd., the project developer.
The project’s first construction phase, including the ribbon, is scheduled to close
later this year. A second construction phase will begin in the first quarter of 2016.
PROJECT: Brickell City Centre COST: US$1.1 billion
TIMELINE: The climate ribbon is slated for
completion by the end of 2015.
SUSTAINABILITY: The ribbon will also capture rain
that can be recycled for irrigation.
“We wanted to embrace what Miami is all about,
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which is being outdoors, but we knew we needed
to protect people from the elements.”
—Chris Gandolfo, senior vice president of development, Swire Properties Ltd., to The Wall Street Journal