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Maison & Objet Americas - 2016 - Issue 1


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photography courtesy of swire properties, inc ( brickell cit y centre); courtesy of cmc group (lobby) m a i s o n - o b j e t. c o m 71 architects taking advantage of that by incorporating g round-f loor rest aura nt s, shops, a nd ba rs into new buildings instead of limited-use private gardens. A d d i n g t o t h e s e n s e o f c o m m u n i t y i n Brickell's lively public spaces, developers such as the Related Group have installed world-class sculptures and paintings. There's Fernando Botero's Male Torso in front of Mary Brickell Village, and at 444 Brickell are Julio Le Parc's Torsion 1 and José Carlos Martinat's Manifestos. C u r rent ly i n t he work s a re mu r a l s by A r gent i ne a r t i s t Fa bi á n Bu r gos on t he f a ç a de of Brickell Heights and by Markus Linnenbrink at SLS Brickell. "What we're doing is injecting the city with a l i fe a nd a r t t hat 's accessible to ever ybody," says Patricia Hanna, Related's art director. "It all indicates Miami as being a real cultural center." Hanna explains that works of art are often chosen first and the buildings designed with them in mind, which adds to the feeling of community in both the building and the city. "People take a sense of own- ership when a project belongs to their building," she says. "It becomes part of their own collection." B r ic kel l's bu i ld i n g s i nc r ea s i n g ly r ef lec t Miami's standing as an international metropolis, be- coming both more functional and more monumental. When it's completed, Ugo Colombo's Brickell Flatiron will be the tallest residential tower south of Manhattan, while Swire Properties' five-block Brickell City Centre will exemplify urban living by combining retail, resi- dential, hotel, and office space and by connecting to the renovated Metromover transportation system. It will also feature the $30 million Climate Ribbon, an undulating glass and steel canopy that allows the wind to cool the structure. Intended to serve as a classic urban hub, Brickell City Centre is modeled after similar Swire Properties centers in Hong Kong and Beijing—but with a Miami flair. "Each time we do one, we learn a bit more and our concept is refined," says Swire's Owens. "It was really about having some distinction to the design, and there are layers to that distinction now—the shape of the buildings, the glass, the balcony detail, and things that are more striking, like the Climate Ribbon." Brickell is all about designing for the future. "We design for the next 100 years," says Fort-Brescia. "I think Brickell will stack up very high in design qual- ity around the world for the period of history that we are living." 4 W y n Wood If Brickell is Miami's hub of urbanism, Wynwood is its artsy little cousin. The neighborhood has an indus- trial feel, with one-story warehouses at every turn, but in the past decade or so, contemporary art has taken Places to Go: Brickell El Tucan: Reflecting the style of Havana's supper clubs in the 1950s, this restaurant and club features vintage lighting from Paris. 1111 SW First Ave.; Marion: This popular brasserie is inspired by those in the South of France and features furniture by Maison Drucker. 1111 SW First Ave.; Avant Gallery: Pop art at its most eye-popping from Alec Monopoly, Andy Warhol, BNS, and many others. 270 Biscayne Blvd.; Sidebar: A relaxed neighborhood drinking spot with unfinished benches and string lights, reminiscent of an outdoor beer garden. 337 SW Eighth St.; Komodo: David Grutman's modern Asian eatery features five bird's-nest pods designed by Dedon for private elevated dining. 801 Brickell Ave.; Urban Oasis: Brickell City Centre ( above left) has a thriving urban plan filled with high design; Massimo Iosa Ghini's lobby design ( above right) for Brickell Flatiron features floor-to-ceiling curves that mimic the building's façade.

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