Brickell City Centre’s $20M Climate Ribbon Designed To Keep Shoppers Dry And Cool

Swire Properties has spent around $20 million building a high-tech Climate Ribbon at Brickell City Centre (they even trademarked the name).

The purpose of the Climate Ribbon, according to a press release in 2013:

  • Add a cool breeze to the mall: Swire said that “the Climate Ribbon is designed to harness summer trade winds and Biscayne Bay breezes to keep air flowing between six to nine knots through the public spaces.”
  • Protect visitors from sunlight: “To address Miami’s strong sun, sections of of the Climate Ribbon will be designed at strategic angles and set at varying heights to best reflect the rays.” Harvesting solar energy could also be possible in the future.
  • Keep the mall dry, and collect rainwater: Not only will the Climate Ribbon protect visitors from rain, it also includes cisterns that collect five million gallons of water on an annual basis.
  • Make an architectural statement and unify the property.

Has the ribbon been a success? It does protect shoppers from sun, but some parts of the third level got wet during recent rains. The mall has been relatively cool (although it is the cool season), but its hard to tell if the ribbon is providing the promised breeze .

 

the ribbon’s architectural statement:

some parts of the third level still got wet during recent rains:

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Movi
4 years ago

It is an open air mall, getting wet is expected

Anonymous
4 years ago

Expected to everyone but Swire. From the moment they announced this they said it would keep the mall dry from rain.

SakFive
4 years ago

That’s the problem, another open-air mall?

I think we have more than enough (Bal Harbour, Merrick Park, Gulfstream Park, Lincoln Rd, The Falls, Shops @ Midtown/Design District, Bayside). It’s interesting, but every time it rains, which during summer it rains almost every day, Aventura, Dadeland and Dolphin malls are packed… why? simple, because there’s no other place to go if you want to shop or just hang out. I think Dolphin mall is a great example with shops, restaurants, bowling, movie theater under the same roof. Not to mention that these malls are under A/C for those who hate sweating while shopping.

I didn’t see the need of having BCC “open”, I visited it a week ago, and I didn’t feel I was in an open-air mall at all, except for the fact that it was hot, because it seems that the Climate Ribbon thing is not sufficient to keep cool the mall. And those are my 2 Cents.

SakFive
4 years ago

Oh, btw… BCC mall looks like a copycat of the extraordinary mall in Mexico City called Parque Toreo that was inaugurated in June 2015 (google “Parque Toreo” images and you’ll see). The great thing about that mall is that everything is under A/C with lots of natural light and you don’t have to worry about the rain.

Marc305
4 years ago

I personally think that the ribbons are just decoration. For one thing there is no way they can shield the entire mall because here in Florida many times it rains sideways. Number two, there is no way they will create a breeze in the Summer when there is no breeze to begin with. The best they can offer is shade. I tend to agree with Ilovearchytecture, it would have been much better to have something like Aventura or Dadeland. I for one hate to sweat while I shop and come July BCC will be hot – period. Still, I am happy to have movies to go to so close to home.

Frank Gehry
4 years ago

This idea was originally done in Korea by the infamous architect known only as Elan. Total rip-off.

Ilovearchytecture
4 years ago

I was there on Sunday
It was warm and humid and the breeze was only on the eastern part

I think the 20 millions is to make an statement (the Emperor’s clothes) only!!

Would be cheaper and more pleasant in the summer ( that in Miami is all year around) to use glass and have air conditioning like Aventura and Dadeland Mall
Now the stores have to eat the high cost of electricity for the air conditioner that are open to the mall promenade

Anonymous
4 years ago

Gross. Some of us don’t want a traditional enclosed mall.

Ilovearchytecture
4 years ago

May be you need to get your thyroid gland check … you might have cold intolerance
Enjoy the 95 degrees on summer

GyroMeat
4 years ago

They stole this idea from my boy Elan. Yeosu Expo

Movi
4 years ago

OMG, take a look at Merrick Park, Design District, Bal Harbour, Miami World Center, the Aventura Mall Expansion….this is South Florida and open air malls are typical and they are all successful

Anonymous
4 years ago

Lovely mall

Anonymous
4 years ago

An outdoor mall in Florida is just silly. Unless you’re a fan of sweating like a son of a bitch while you shop…

Anonymous
4 years ago

Soon the stores from Design District will move here, or open stores here as well. Transformational project.

Anonymous
4 years ago

They will figure it out what’s best , open , inclose , retractable …….all works and they have the money to fix it …..too much money invested here !

Mondocondo
4 years ago

The “climate” ribbon is just a distraction from more than half the stores not being opened. What an embarrassment. Understand the city inspectors are part of the problem. Cheers

Tito...
3 years ago

The big problem of BCC is the lack of diversity. If we compare BCC with Aventura for example, they have a healthy mix of restaurants, space for kids etc. Not everybody can shop and buy in the ultra luxury stores of BCC. Other factor is the color. Arquitectonica decided that the best color for the mall is the grey. In sunny Miami? Other factor is the design. Corporate architecture, cold and not attractive. It looks like an empty mall already.

Garrett
4 years ago

Went there with wifey 1st time Wednesday, Im in big trouble, we bought into the Reach tower and are only footsteps away from the mall, im gonna go broke with her shopping there, we said , lets go just “take a look” ..TBH i wanted to buy everything..what a fantastic property and layout…Brickell is awesome…

Tito...
3 years ago

Climate ribbon is just a publicity stunt. Because its height, it doesn’t provide any of the promised benefits. It doesn’t provide any protection against the lateral rail.