Fontainebleau Anew

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Monday, July 27, 2009
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A new free-standing spa at the Fontainebleau Miami features a hurricane-rated glass curtainwall. Goldfinger, eat your heart out. (Courtesy Fontainebleau)

A new free-standing spa at the Fontainebleau Miami features a hurricane-rated glass curtainwall. Goldfinger, eat your heart out. (Courtesy Fontainebleau)

Morris Lapidus’ Fontainebleau in Miami is one of the most recognizable hotels in the United States, thanks in no small part to its frequent appearances in television shows and films, perhaps most notably and intimately in the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger. A recent two-year revitalization has brought the old bastion of luxury and class—which had begun to show its wear—back to prime condition. More than just polish up the surfaces, the effort included the addition of a free-standing spa. The designers, Dallas-based architectural firm HKS, selected a blue tinted glass for the spa’s curtain wall. In addition to referencing the adjacent pool’s azure complexion, the glass (1 5/16-inch thick Viracon laminated units with a Vanceva Storm interlayer) meets Miami’s strict large missile impact and hurricane codes. Goldfinger would be proud.

One Response to “Fontainebleau Anew”

  1. Charles Williams says:

    Accurate Glassworks was the glazing contractor, cw-engineering was the consultant and system designer, and YKK AP America was the system base and material supplier. Viracon made the glass. HKS was a top notch reasonable Architect and Turnberry, the GC, made the effort a coordinated success. The geometry was challenging as was the load and impact requirements. It was the tallest mockup test at Hurricane Test Lab up to 2008 when it was tested.

    When the right people are involved in a project, success is the end result. This was a midsized but complicated effort that speaks volumes for the effort, from design to final product.

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