Dolphin Mall: Tulip Shade Structure- Miami, FL

Dolphin Mall: Tulip Shade Structure- Miami, FL

Architectural fabric shade flowers – an achievable art design.

The newly expanded and renovated portion of Dolphin Mall opened to shoppers on Tuesday, September 15th after 18 months of construction. Neumann/Smith Architects designed a stylish new valet drop-off befitting for the Dolphin Mall, a Miami-area leisure destination & largest retail venue, with its powerful mix of compelling retail outlets, entertainment venues, and dining options. The sweeping expanse of exposed structural steel and fabric canopy, along with the creation of a new outdoor display area and extensively landscaped parking and entry areas, make a grand entrance. The scope of work included the creation of a new valet drop-off for the mall, the addition of a second level egress stair, valet parking for 101 cars, a four-car display area under custom fabric tulips, a 5,200 sf custom exposed structural steel and fabric canopy, and extensive landscaping.

Designed to withstand 185mph winds, these fabric structures blend the lines between art and structural integrity. A completely custom design that had never been attempted out of fabric, each tulip was hand built to exacting tolerances.  Fully fabricated in Hoover Architectural Products 30,000sq’ West Palm Beach location, every tulip was completely assembled at the facility then broken down for transportation and reassembly in the field – ensuring a perfect fit the first time.

The entire project was designed, fabricated and installed by Hoover Architectural Products for:

Dolphin Mall owner: Taubman Properties

Architect: Neumann Smith

General Contractor: Whiting Turner

Frame material: HSS Galvanized Steel

Fabric type: Serge Ferrari Precontraint 502 vinyl fabric

Fabric Supplier: TriVantage

Thread type: Gore Tenara PTFE