Climate Ribbon at Brickell City Centre
The CLIMATE RIBBON™ featured at Brickell City Centre is a $30 million trellis of steel, fabric and a continuous surface of glass that spans 150,000 square feet.
Acting as a sophisticated environmental management system, the CLIMATE RIBBON protects visitors from inclement weather, captures sea breezes to regulate air flow and temperature, collects rainwater for reuse, and allows visitors to enjoy natural light in an open air experience. The CLIMATE RIBBON is also the flagship sustainability feature for a project demonstrably aware of its environmental responsibilities and beautifully expresses Brickell City Centre’s approach to urban synergy and connection.
CLIMATE RIBBON™ is a trademark of Swire Properties Inc
In order to realize the CLIMATE RIBBON’S™ function as a sophisticated environmental management system, intensive consultation has been conducted between Swire Properties Inc and a multi-disciplinary international team including Hugh Dutton Associés of Paris, Cardiff University of Wales, Carnegie Mellon, alongside the project’s architect, Arquitectonica. A leading German design firm, Gartner, has been enlisted to build the structure.
The primary objective of the CLIMATE RIBBON is to provide the optimal environmental quality for the shopping center. To do this, the CLIMATE RIBBON is designed for three key benefits: ventilation so that air conditioning is not needed in the shopping center’s public places, shelter from inclement weather and solar shading for the hottest times of the day.
Swire Properties’ view of what it means to be truly sustainable and its commitment to sustainability doesn’t get more significant than the unique, CLIMATE RIBBON™.
Spanning 150,000 square feet in phase one of the project, the exclusive trellis system is a symbol of sustainability at Brickell City Centre. With a holistic approach to water management and resource conservation, the structure will be equipped with multiple cisterns that will work to collect rain water. The CLIMATE RIBBON is estimated to capture five million gallons of water annually. Storing the captured water above ground eliminates the need for pumping and additional electrical usage when water is distributed. The design also has potential for solar energy harvesting.
Another example of Swire’s commitment to sustainability can be seen in the project’s LEED® registration for Neighborhood Development. Swire Properties aims for LEED® Gold certification for the individual elements of Brickell City Centre, a demanding technical challenge for a project of such size and scope.
A truly sustainable project is one that considers the impact on people’s lives in future years. This ensures a site thrives long term and gives back economic, social and cultural benefits to the communities it serves.
In this area too, Brickell City Centre is characterized by careful planning. It is estimated that Brickell City Centre’s economic impact will be approximately $1 billion: during the build, it will provide 1,700 construction jobs each year and once complete it will provide approximately 3,700 jobs directly, and a further 2,500 indirectly.
Source Swire Properties