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PortMiami Tunnel

PortMiami Tunnel

Miami

Built in 2014.

Designed by AquitectonicaGEO, Architect of Record: AECOM.

The eighty-foot tall portals, at each end, house flood gates that will protect the tunnels in the event of a hurricane storm surge. Their exposed concrete surfaces were formed with conjugations of the word “navigate,” creating texture and shadow by day and night that moderates their massive scale. The facades and contrasting sections of translucent metal mesh are subtly highlighted at night to glow as both beacons and modern art pieces. The adjacent U-walls are inscribed with irregular bas relief patterns that bring to mind the sea grasses of Biscayne Bay. The story of navigation continues, as the act of going under water is playfully illustrated with colorful images of sea grass, turtles and sharks found in the underwater landscape beyond the tunnel walls.

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