“The idea for this building is that it appears to dematerialize as it rises upwards and that it reflects the surrounding landscape of sand, sea and sky, through a design strategy that allows it to implicitly interpret the environment,” says its Architect, Rene Gonzalez. GLASS takes visual cues from the gradations of color between the ocean and the sky - with shifting colors working their way from dark to light as the building ascends, becoming ever-more translucent as it rises.
Entering at the ground level, the concept for GLASS becomes an immersive environment of natural light and water evocative of the nearby beach. The visual effect of glass rippling along the exterior walls mimics the sea against “shoreline” elements like porous Coquina stone, fragments of shale and coral, and small rectangles of smooth, blue Macauba quartzite.
Rene has been included in more than 150 national and international publications, receiving Metropolitan Home magazine’s Home of the Year Award for design excellence in addition to being honored by Conde Nast’s House & Garden as one of 50 international designers that represent the future of design. His unique approach has certainly not gone unnoticed by his peers: Rene is the only Miami architect to receive a National American Institute of Architecture Design Award in the last 10 years for a project in South Florida. He is also the first architect in 50 years to be twice honored for Miami projects (in 2011 for Alchemist and in 2006 for Karla).