INFINITE CITY

DAWNTOWN DESIGN BUILD COMPETITION WINNER – 2012

AIA FLORIDA HONOR AWARD – 2014

 

Over 110 teams submitted portfolios from around the world to compete in the creation of a low cost, temporary installation on the “Evolution of Miami.” Sixteen teams were chosen as finalists, each presenting their own proposals on the topic, with the international collaboration between Jacob Brillhart and Manuel Clavel-Rojo selected as the winning entry.

In part digitally fabricated – and built with the assistance of McKenzie Construction – this kinetic art installation presents an interactive story of Miami’s rise. The project is both machine and metaphor for the City, illustrating the complexity of Downtown and its rapid growth spurts over time. The structure is a 10’ x 10’ x 10’ aluminum box with a mirrored ceiling and base, illuminated with blue and pink neon lights that represent the water’s edge and the street grid of Downtown. Within the frame are 35 important buildings of Miami’s past and present, which are suspended above the neon by a vast network of more than 4,000 linear feet of rope and wire; 235 weights and counterweights; and 395 pulleys. Participants can interact with the installation by pulling a series of handles that extrude the buildings, creating a pop-up effect of high rises within Miami’s downtown.

Exhibited at the HistoryMiami Museum – March 21 – May 12, 2013
For more information on Dawntown, please visit dawntown.org

Design:
Clavel Arquitectos
Brillhart Architecture

Construction:
Brillhart Architecture
McKenzie Construction
Doors, Inc.

Fabrication:
Bull Dog Neon
C&R Metals
Faulkner Plastics
Miami Cordage

Special thanks to:
Ed Williams, Clare Whelan, Mike Arnspiger and Gavin McKenzie.

Photo Credit: HistoryMiami

Opening Night

395 Pulleys

Photo Credit: Clavel Arquitectos

Photo Credit: Clavel Arquitectos

Photo Credit: Clavel Arquitectos

The Network

 

Interactive Handles

Shop(?) Diagrams

Photo Credit: HistoryMiami

Kit of Parts

Building the Frame

10x10x10 Aluminum Box Frame

Constructing the Roof and Floor Panels

Constructing the Roof and Floor Panels

Constructing the Roof and Floor Panels

Gavin McKenzie – McKenzie Construction

Setting the Pulley Locations

Setting the Pulley Locations

Testing the Floor Panels

Fabricating the Buildings and Streetgrid with Waterjet Technology

Fabricating the Buildings and Streetgrid with Waterjet Technology

Fabricating the Buildings and Streetgrid with Waterjet Technology

35 Building Footprints

Cutting the Rods

Cutting the Rods

Set up at HistoryMiami

Set up at HistoryMiami

Using a Pallet Jack to Insert the Floors around the Footers

More than 4,000 LF of Rope and Wire Used