Miami’s Sustainable “Ribbon” Will Use Nature To Cool The Outdoors

Swire Properties is bringing an impressive new mixed-use project to Miami’s luxurious Brickell District, complete with retail and entertainment space, high-end office space, two residential towers, and a hotel. Yet the most impressive piece of this project is arguably the new “Climate Ribbon” that will serve as the project’s premier sustainable feature. The ribbon, designed by Hugh Dutton of Hugh Dutton Associés in Paris, will be comprised of steel, fabric, and glass, and will resemble an elevated trellis. The idea is that the structure will capture the prevailing winds off of Biscayne Bay and use them to cool the development.

When asked about his inspirations for the project, Dutton cited his childhood years growing up on a plantation in Jamaica, where buildings were designed to capture prevailing winds to keep cool. He also acknowledged his father’s sailboat as another source of inspiration, noting that the ribbon works much like a sail to “scoop up” the sea breezes and deposit them throughout the space. In addition to cooling the outdoor retail space, the ribbon will capture as much as three million gallons of water per year, recycling it for irrigation purposes. While it is uncertain how much the ribbon will contribute to the overall marketability of the project, the design has already drawn in some key tenants, including the luxury movie-theatre operator Cinemex. Jaime Rionda, chief operating officer of Cinemex, stated, “While Brickell City Centre’s location and unique offering as a mixed-use project were important factors in our decision-making, understanding Swire’s dedication to sustainability impacted our commitment.”

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