South Beach: So cool even the buildings need sunglasses?

my doctor’s office

Whenever I go to my doctor’s office, I sit in the exam room waiting for him. I always notice these funky metal shades that cover the windows and I decided to do some research and find out what these ‘things’ are called. I obviously knew that it was for some kind of sun protection but I wanted to know more. They are called brise-soleil. I see them mainly on late 50’s and early 60’s era buildings but lately I have seen on NEW buildings too. Lets take a tour!

Mellon Bank building

This is the Mellon Bank building which is ‘kitty corner’ from my doctor’s office. In the older buildings brise-soleil, from what I have observed, were only put on the east, south and west exposures.

The Montclair Lofts

This is a photo of the Montclair Lofts. This building was built in 2005. This building is located at the corner of 17th & Meridian Avenue and is across the street from my doctor’s office. The brise-soleil on this building is used for privacy as well as an architectural element. As you can see the metal is not aging well. The building was designed by haute architect Chad Oppenheim , he has done a lot edgy stuff (condos & homes) here in the Miami area.

Gorlin at AQUA

This is the Gorlin building at AQUA Allison Island. This building was built in 2004 and has brise-soleil on the east, south and west sides of the building. Obviously, the building did not need sun-shading today!

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    Great post, Kevin. Did you know I have two years to go to start collecting on my Mellon Bank pension? I worked there for 19.6 years. Actually they took over the Bank I worked for and it ws Mellong for the last 5 years.

  • Kevin Tomlinson

    Oh girl. Mellong? Sounds heinous!

  • Ines Hegedus-Garcia

    A lot of the MiMo architecture has brise-soleils – and btw – I LOVE those Montclair Lofts, although have not seen their interiors. Love your photos, you’ve turned into this amazing journalist Kevin!

  • Kevin Tomlinson

    You are so nice to me! Wow. The Montclair Lofts are nice from the outside, but weak on the inside.
    The have relaxed rental restrictions so the building could be very transient.

  • Maggie Dokic

    Kevin, I had not had a chance to check out your blog. It’s wonderful! I love the clean look it has. And look at all the stuff only you can add to a blog about your area. For example: relaxed rental restrictions so the building could be very transient. Best of luck with this. You’re a natural!

  • Sarah Parker

    I was the check your blog and it like it very much. Very informative post you have. Keep up the good job and thanks for the tips.