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After 10 years under construction, this will be the first residential skyscraper powered by solar energy

Sustainability has ceased to be a trend to become an essential feature in buildings. Certifications such as LEED, PCES and EDGE have set the guidelines so that at the time of building and operating they seek to reduce carbon emissions, however, there was an element that had not yet been explored: powering a skyscraper with solar energy almost entirely .

After ten years of studies and planning, the project will become a reality. Ytech, a subsidiary of the developer Brickell, began construction of The Residences At 1428 Brickell, a 70-story building that will be partially powered by solar energy, due to the fact that solar panels will be incorporated throughout its entire facade as a backbone.

The 500 photovoltaic panels (which will function as windows on the west façade) will add 20,000 square feet of glass (approximately 6,096 square meters) and will generate up to 170,000 kW of energy per year, which is equivalent to not emitting 4,700 tons of CO2.

Luxury is not left aside

Miami is one of the destinations with the highest real estate growth in recent years, so the competition to make the most luxurious and innovative developments increases every day. International design firms converge on avenues like Brickell, so Yvech’s proposal seeks not only sustainability.

The building will feature 189 homes priced between $2 million and $7 million, as well as a group of penthouses priced between $8 million and $40 million.

Each unit will have two to four bedrooms between 1,800 and 4,000 square feet (304.8 and 1,219.2 square meters), while the penthouses will range from 4,000 to 10,000 square meters (3,048 square meters). They will have views of Biscayne Bay with floor-to-ceiling windows.

For the interiors, we worked with ACPV Architects and Arquitectonica; “In the spaces and internal areas of the tower, we have selected furniture, materials, textures and colors that create an atmosphere of informal luxury,” Patricia Viel, general director of ACPV ARCHITECTS, said in a statement.

“In all the leisure spaces of the property we integrate avant-garde art pieces from a selection of renowned Italian and International designers, focusing mainly on earth tones to bring nature inside the building and, at the same time, celebrate the feeling of joy of spending time outdoors in the company of your loved ones,” he added.

The property will also have a gym, spa, swimming pools, dining room, bar and a contemporary art and wine lounge.

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