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Color Changing LED Lights Installed At Marquis Tower In Downtown Miami

Color Changing LED Lights Installed At Marquis Tower In Downtown Miami

At the top of downtown Miami’s Marquis tower, over 2000 linear feet of color changing LED strips have been installed and are now visible for miles around.

The 63-story Marquis was built in 2008, and originally had a solid white lighting scheme in place at the top of the tower. Those lights became inoperable in 2013 due to technical malfunctions.

Jim Morrison, a Miami-based lighting designer, created the colorful new scheme as a replacement. The new system follows the exact shape and form as the original design, arranged in dual lines.

“Being a New England native and having lived my entire adult life in South Florida, I feel that my work is reflective of very diverse influences,” Mr. Morrison explains. “My work involves combining light and natural open settings. The Marquis’ iconic installation had not been operational for many years, and I was honored to be chosen to bring this high profile installation back to Miami’s night time skyline. The design stretches down 20 stories from the roof line on both the east and north elevations. Also, the installation has the ability to change colors and animate allowing for design and theme changes.”

Morrison’s other work includes A Celebration of Light, which features palm trees ringed with light at the Miami Beach entrance from the Julia Tuttle Causeway. That installation was meant as temporary when built 20 years ago, but remains in place today and was recently replaced with LEDs.

At the Marquis, condo President Allan Schwartz and the ownership of the hotel located on the lower 14 floors of the building hired Morrison to complete the new installation.

“I view my role as President of the Marquis Condominium Board to drive value into the unit owners’ real estate, which is easily translated to higher per square foot sale prices. The way I saw to achieve that goal was one, get the building on a strong financial footing, and two, make sure that every system in the building was up, operating, restored, well maintained and under a maintenance contract with a competent maintenance provider. It was also my thought that the value of every unit is somehow directly linked to what anybody sees with their eyes when they come to the property.”

Other recent enhancements at Marquis include a complete renovation of the ground floor, the outside landscaping, and the traffic circle entrance, which includes the Marquis signage and lighted water wall.

Marquis was the third tallest building in Miami at 679 feet when it was built in 2008. It is now the fifth tallest.

The Signature Bridge is now under construction next to Marquis, with completion expected in four years.

 

The artist, Jim Morrison:

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Anonymous
Anonymous

i live at the venetia condo and want to thank the association and all those who helped make this happen….it look fantastic from my balcony and even better when you see it from the esat or the north looking south….just beautful…

Anonymous
Anonymous

east

Anonymous
Anonymous

Who remembers this site with a Howard Johnson on it?

Anonymous
Anonymous

I do. They had a bar in the lobby there in the late 90’s and the bar tender was super old. Wow, a blast from the past.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I dont go back that far 🙂 but I spent my first night in Miami there in Dec 2003

Anonymous
Anonymous

I remember – I worked in Orlando area then and used to stay there when I came down to see family. The neighborhood was kind of scary at night back then

Anonymous
Anonymous

I watched it be imploded from my 34th floor condo at the Grand… I should still have it on video….somewhere.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes, i stood on top of HoJo and took a Panoramic movie when Covin announced Ten Museum. The Performing Arts Center was still under construction.

Madame Sapingo
Madame Sapingo

It looks like they didn’t finish it, although it does look better than it did before.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is SO OLD news — cmon guys we saw the lights like a month ago!

Anonymous
Anonymous

it looks totally random. what is the shape supposed to be ? an M? looks unfinished depending on what angle you see it from. i agree, changing colors reminds me a people that put those changing lights in their pool for a party — que tacky.

transplant
transplant

Love it! Given that almost all of our towers are new in Miami, the local council should look to encourage these themes. The private sector is already doing its part with most of Brickell beautifully lit up at night (and of course the OG lit up building – the Miami Tower in Downtown).

Miami could become the 21st century take on The City of Lights (move over Paris haha)

Anonymous
Anonymous

What are everyones views on color changing LED’s on highrise ? I love them but hope every building don’t do it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Changing colors cheapen an otherwise interesting design.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Those diagonal lights on the backside added about a year after completed really cheapened it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s good on Xmas

Anonymous
Anonymous

the design that you cant see at night anyway?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Ugly

Anonymous
Anonymous

Not that interesting. Poor design. Reminiscent of bicentennial park across the street. (economy hampered).

Polo
Polo

These led lights are old news. They have been operational for more than two months.
The height of this tower is 699 FT AGL, NOT 679 FT AGL. It’s about the same height as Zaha Hadid’s new tower next door at 706 FT AGL.

SRS
SRS

Why do they need to change colors and use every color of the rainbow? Looks like a mass produced cheap chinese toy. What is wrong with minimal and elegant look?? Does everything in Miami has to be sooo Miami?? In a decade this building lighting and others will look like a Neo-80’s movement!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

At least they didn’t put a woman dancing on the facade

Anonymous
Anonymous

Ewwww🤮

Anonymous
Anonymous

Tacky tacky! Tacky tacky rumbaaaaa!

Anonymous
Anonymous

See it every night from Sunset Harbour, looks like it’s incomplete. Horrible!

Anonymous
Anonymous

What a putz. And he acts like he invented driving value into condo units. 🤣

Anonymous
Anonymous

Airline pilots hate them, they are drawn to these lights like moths to light.

Anonymous
Anonymous

So. fly a different route if they don’t like it

Anonymous
Anonymous

lmao gold