This Miami skyscraper is located in the northeastern Downtown area on the west side of Biscayne Boulevard. The building currently stands as the 5th tallest building in Miami and the state of Florida. At 679 feet tall, it’s a pretty impressive sized building that consists of 63 floors. It was finalized in 2008, so it has been in use for just over a decade. Because it’s in such a busy and popular area, it serves its multi-purpose as a hotel, restaurant space, retail location, and residential condominium well. For example, levels 1-3 are used as a hotel and retail space, 5-14 are parking, and 15-63 are all residential apartments. This means that at all times of the year, this single building provides housing for both tourists and locals alike, on either a short and long term basis, all in the bustling and lively Downtown area of Miami.
Motorists traveling eastbound on I-395 to Miami or the Wynwood Design District are treated to Tom Patti Design’s Miami Rain, the iconic, decorative public artwork on the north and west walls of the Marquis parking garage at 1100 Biscayne Boulevard.
Completed in 2011, the monumental project is a constantly changing diagonal field of innovative, colorful, laminated optical glass and metal that distinguishes itself as a gateway to the Arts District.
To moving vehicles on the adjacent elevated highway, passengers on the Metromover and those on the street below, the façade emanates a daylight pattern of spectral color that moves across the surface as the afternoon sun traverses the building. Light animates the sculptural work, and the color, texture, reflection and refraction continuously shift with the changing light to create a wave of light and energy that reflects on the wall or back to the viewer. At nighttime, the illuminated artwork exudes the sensual and vibrant power of Miami.