A change of perspective

Sian
Friday 20 Jun 2014

The CUBE at Kobi Karp-designed Miami building employs tintable SageGlass

A new building in downtown Miami is saving energy and making a dramatic architectural statement using dynamically tintable SageGlass®, a product of Saint-Gobain.

Currently housing a TD Bank retail location, The CUBE is a 2,500 sq ft glass structure at the 1101 Brickell office towers designed by renowned architectural firm, Kobi Karp Architecture. Inspired by the all-glass Apple store on New York’s 5th Avenue, The CUBE was designed to be eco-smart while enhancing the urban fabric to accommodate more pedestrian-friendly traffic.

“The once all-commercial downtown area is going through an urban revival to integrate multi-family residences. We sought to recreate the façade to make it more pedestrian-friendly because the building would serve as an urban connector between Brickell Ave and Bayshore Drive,” said architect Kobi Karp, founder and principal of Kobi Karp.

“We turned to SageGlass because it allowed us to create a pedestrian-orientated space with glass that is more translucent, energy efficient, and really lets the crystalline volume of the building enhance the urban landscape.”

The CUBE is a LEED certified all-glass structure that automatically changes tint throughout the day in response to Miami’s intense sunlight and heat conditions. SageGlass reduces sun glare and heat gain, reducing the cooling load for the building, without blocking the outdoor view.

Further, dynamic glass is a good fit for South Florida due to the amount of sunshine and the intensity of the sunlight. Miami sees the sun during 70% of available daylight hours, and the light in Florida is particularly strong due to the steep angle of the sun, so it receives a high level of ultraviolet radiation. 

“SageGlass is an excellent solution for managing sunlight in South Florida,” said Derek Malmquist, vice president of marketing at SAGE. “We have helped solve solar control problems in virtually all geographic zones and different latitudes. But cities like Miami make so much sense for dynamic glass due to the ability to modulate heat and glare despite the intensity of the sun’s light.” 

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