Nuage/ Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2017/ Courtesy of the designers and Miami Design District

Miami Design District/ Nuage By Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Before Paseo Ponti, the clouds seemed only to be moved by the wind. Nuage is an organic pergola designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec that brings shade, shelter, seating, and charm to the Paseo Ponti in the Miami Design District. Like ivy that grows along the street, Nuage engages with buildings and facades, creating a natural relationship with the surrounding architecture.

The sun shines through the steel and colored glass structure that mimics cloud apertures, casting graphic shadows that vibrate with blues and greens like stained-glass windows crossed by the sun in cathedrals. Native plants envelop Nuage, with trees jutting through the structure to the sky.

Over time, Nuage will gain depth and patina, vines will colonize the system, encircling the quiet ponds, plant beds, and freeform concrete seating arranged along the path. Mineral and heavy, these shapes contrast the stainless-steel roof onto which the environment, the sky, the vegetation are reflected. The reflection resonates with the changes of the day and with the seasons, inviting relaxation, reflection, and respite from Miami’s bright sun.

The Miami Design District is a neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, architecture, and dining experiences. The Miami Design District is owned by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra, founded and owned by visionary entrepreneur Craig Robins, and L Real Estate, a global real estate development and investment fund, specializing in creating luxury shopping destinations. Together Dacra and L Real Estate have actively transformed the once-overlooked area of Miami into a vibrant destination for residents and visitors by presenting the best shopping, cultural, and culinary experiences within an architecturally significant context. The vision for a rejuvenated Design District—responsive to its historic, urban and tropical context––was codified in an urban master plan developed by the award-winning master planners Duany Plater-Zyberk, with the additional participation of architects including Walter Chatham, Hariri and Hariri, Juan Lezcano, Terence Riley, and Alison Spear. This paves the way for later architectural statements contributed by Sou Fijimoto, Aranda\Lasch, Iwamotoscott, Leong Leong, Johnston Marklee, MOS, Manuel Clavel, J. Mayer. H and many others. The Miami Design District embodies a singular dedication to the unity of design, fashion, art, and architecture, and a commitment to encourage a neighborhood composed of creative experiences.