Rising like a glass guardian from the Brickell City Centre shopping and dining complex, East Miami cuts an impressive figure against the Brickell skyline. The 40-story tower, designed by Miami architecture firm Arquitectonica with interiors by New York-based Clodagh Designs, nods to Miami’s cool minimalism but is grounded in a sustainability ethos.
Central to that is the Climate Ribbon, a rib-like architectural feature that cools spaces with natural wind currents and shade structures. The ultimate goal is to lower temperatures and reduce the need for air-conditioning at both the hotel and Brickell City Centre, minimizing the development’s carbon footprint. Green initiatives that have been incorporated throughout the LEED-certified property focus on critical conservation issues like energy and water efficiency, sustainable sourcing, and food waste management.
Rooted in Asian sensibility (this is EAST’s first stateside hotel; the others are in Beijing and Hong Kong), EAST Miami’s spaces convey a spare, almost meditative aesthetic. Nature plays a big role in the design, particularly in outdoor dining spaces like swanky rooftop lounge Sugar, as does art, which is installed throughout. The 300-plus works of art, curated by Indiewalls, are a world-class mix of freestanding sculpture, paintings, multi-story murals, and photography that reflects the brand’s Asian heritage with a strong sense of the famous Miami vibrancy and light.
Text by Daphne Nikolopoulos
Photography courtesy of EAST Miami