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Bacardi USA

Bacardi USA

Miami

Built in 1963 by Enrique Gutierrez, 1963; Annex: Ignacio Cabrera-Justiz, 1974.

The building is a Classically proportioned slab of offices sheathed in an elegant glass curtain wall on its east and west sides. Thousands of hand-painted blue and white Azulejos, created by artist Francisco Brennand of Recife, Brazil, form murals that cover the entire north and south facades, tempering the building’s cool modernity with an Iberian tropical flavor. The structure floats over its recessed glass lobby, which rests on a raised plaza that hovers over the sidewalk. The structural concept has floors hung from rooftop trusses, which in turn were supported on four marble-clad piers. Behind the main tower the annex achieves a different floating effect with two floors of offices cantilevered from a compact recessed core. The upper floors feature translucent glass brick mosaic walls by German artist Johannes Dietz that complement the original building.

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