Avis Magica: A Bird-Inspired Building That Could Clean Miami’s Air

Did you know that Miami’s population grew from 1,000 to 1 million residents in just 100 years? Along with all of those people came new buildings, cars, and lots of pollution. A new concept building proposed by Amarada, a Romanian architectural firm, is based on the idea of “vertical nature” and would serve as a new icon in the city’s skyline.

Called “Avis Magica“, which means “the magic bird” in Latin, the building would soar 1,099 feet into the sky. Various levels would be dedicated to different attractions, while bird-inspired features would allow the building to both generate electricity and scrub pollution out of Miami’s air.

Armarada Avis Magica

Image via Armarada

The Avis Magica design was Armarada’s entry into the Landmark Miami competition hosted by DawnTown. Architects and designers were tasked with creating an iconic architectural piece that contributes to the image of Miami.

According to the architects, Avis Magica would be divided into several different “ecosystems”, a museum dedicated to the city’s wildlife at ground level, then, a 120 m tall aquarium with water that is pumped and filtered directly from the ocean, an area of islands with tropical vegetation located above the aquarium, and an area that generates artificial rain clouds at a time. At the top would be an observation desk, accessed by a lift that takes visitors up through all the lower levels.

The observation deck and the “wings” of the building would be made of a multitude of  artificial “feathers”. When these features vibrate in the wind, the resulting energy would be captured, thus allowing the building to produce its own electricity.

“The feathers are made of semi-translucent material that allows sunlight to enter the building, necessary for photosynthesis process,” explain the architects. “They are mounted on a tension cable receiving vibrations, turning them into electricity.”

They say oxygen created by plants would pass freely through the gap between the feathers, turning the building into a giant oxygen tank for the City. The design didn’t take home the top prize, but we still think it’s a winner!

See more images of Avis Magica here.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog