Gabriel and Jacques Loire, Bacardi 2nd Building, 1973 (Photo Joe Kunkel)

( Intro by Joe Kunkel)

In 1973, Bacardi added the fascinating square building in the plaza. The square building, raised 47 feet off the ground around a central core, features four massive walls, comprised of chunks of 1″ thick hammered glass mural tapestries, designed to withstand hurricane force winds.

Bacardi 2nd Building, SW View

These glass tapestries were designed and manufactured in France by S.E.A.R. under the direction of Gabriel and Jacques Loire of Chartres, after an original painting by German artist Johannes M. Dietz. The architect of the building was Ignacio Carrera-Justiz of Coral Gables, FL. Abstract modern style on all four sides, this unusual building has two floors which cantilever out 24 feet on each side of the central core. Each floor is hung from the roof by 28 tensor rods, supported at the center by the concrete-reinforced central core. The load on each tensor is transferred to the roof in which a crisscross system of post tension beams carry the load from the tensor rods through the central core, plaza and garage, to the foundation. The two floors of this building serve as finance and accounting offices. The meticulously manicured landscaping covers the whole width of a city block, creating a postcard view from any angle.

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