The Sunspars project was the first place winner of an international ideas competition whose goal was to create a monument to the City of Miami. Pivoting pedestrian bridges transform from a horizontal position during the daytime into a vertical configuration that can be visited via elevators at night. The design encourages foot and bicycle traffic and connects two important sides of the bay in an intensely car-centric environment. Solar louvers and a balanced counterweight design encourage human-powered mobility while
communicating a city’s energy, vitality and activity day and night. Their form is inspired by the graceful shape of leaves on a palm frond—a resilient structure and efficient processor of energy that echoes Miami’s landscape as much as the city’s ability to thrive under adversity.
Developed through the generosity of a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center.