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Serpentine Pavilion mastermind to design Miami 'waterfall' frontage

Serpentine Pavillion designer Sou Fujimoto is to design a two-storey building façade for the Miami Design District

Japanese architect Fujimoto will create a cornerstone structure for the development’s pedestrian-focused Palm Court area.

The structure was inspired by waterfalls and rain squalls and will feature an elongated series of glass fins extending from the rooftop down to the open courtyard.

Scheduled for completion in 2014, the 17,000m2 façade will create a vibrant pedestrianised retail area.

Fujimoto said: ‘We believe the proposal will create an emblematical environment for the area surrounding Palm Court.

‘The daily experience of our harmonised facade-corridor will enrich the city experience.’

The Miami Design District is an 18-block neighbourhood just north of the Florida city’s downtown area.

It is being developed by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra and L Real Estate.

Fujimoto’s Serpentine Pavilion opened in London’s Kensington Gardens in June.

Built with 8km of steel tubing in 27,000 lengths, it features elevated seating platforms and an undercroft café protected from the rain with polycarbonate discs.

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