As the fall wind cuts through us here in North Carolina and the temperatures drop, it’s nice to think of warmer climes. Miami is a great place to think of to warm your body with the spicy foods and hot weather. So I went to our Dreamwalls Color Glass installation at the Miami Marlins Park. It simply doesn’t get any hotter than this.
The method of differentiating areas within the ballpark is done by color, in a way that would only work in Miami. The Miami Marlin’s owner, Jeffrey Loria, an art dealer, tells of a trip to the Miro Foundation, founded by the Spanish artist Joan Miro. He stated to the New York Times in April of 2012 that he came to be inspired by Miro’s color palette — red, yellow, blue and green. He brought back samples of Miro’s colors and the final design from Populous (formerly HOK Sport) utilized those colors to tell a story within the ballpark.
For instance, behind home plate the colors are a deep blue; behind first base, they are yellow. The outfield is a bright lime green. Behind third base; a vibrant red. And that, is where the Taste of Miami food court is located. This unique food court allows visitors to sample authentic Miami restaurants that feature a variety of Cuban and South American cuisines from the following 4 restaurants:
- Don Camaron – Shrimp Basket, Conch Fritter, Fish Ceviche, ½ Dozen Oysters, Snapper Minuta Sandwich
- Latin American Grill – Cuban Sandwich, Media Noche Sandwich, Plantain Chips
- Papo Llega y Pon – Pan con Lechon (pork sandwiches), Side of Pork
- Panna Café – Venezuelan and Argentinean Arepas
Dreamwalls Color Glass was used along the back wall all 4 of these restaurants because if its practicality in clean up as well as the vibrancy of the color through glass. Utilizing low-iron glass as the base, creates less green tint in the glass, allowing warm colors like the red used here to stay true without being neutralized by their complementary color.
The glazing contractor for this project was the large firm, Crown Corr. They are a company with over 50 years of experience in metal panel, glass and aluminum curtain wall building enclosure systems for major Sports Facilities, Airports, Healthcare, Educational and Industrial projects around the country. When asked why Dreamwalls Color Glass back painted glass was ultimately chosen for this opportunity, Scott Swanson of Crown Corr stated, “The project manager had worked with another supplier that we just weren’t comfortable with using for this job. You guys had all the requirements – like testing and compatibility – right there.
As beautiful as the food court is, this ballpark has a lot more going on than just the food. For instance, it was the first retractable roof ballpark built to strict LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver standards. The combination of the state-of-art roof retractable roof and air conditioning allows the park manage the Florida weather so fans are always comfortable. The seating is among the closest to the playing field of any park, and a unique retractable wall in left field showcases dramatic views of the Miami skyline. It even has that sexy taste of South Beach into the park with a club featuring dancers and DJs around a pool in The Clevelander, an outpost of the famous art deco Clevelander hotel on Ocean Drive. Not to mention the fun kenetic “Home Run Sculpture” by artist Red Grooms.