One of the most exclusive luxury shopping destinations in the world – Bal Harbour Shops in Miami Beach – is home to a new unique restaurant utilizing Hope’s® steel windows and doors.
Prominently located atop the open-air mall’s main entrance, The Grill at Bal Harbour features Hope’s Jamestown175™ Series steel windows and doors and a 5000 Series™ pocket door.
“Hope’s is one of the very select few, if not the only, steel profile window manufacturer that meets the demanding Miami-Dade impact and wind loading hurricane standards—an obvious choice”, says Rakesh Patel, Senior Project Architect, Hillstone Restaurant Group (the owner of The Grill at Bal Harbour).
A 13 ft. wide and 12 ft. high laminated curved on plan glass section and hot-rolled steel frames pushed the boundaries of curved glass. The curved glass was made in one of the few autoclaves in the world large enough to accommodate a single piece of glass of such magnitude.
The strength of hot-rolled solid steel frames allowed for the creation of a 90 degree butt glazed corner to complement the open-air design.
Custom designed and engineered vertical sliding windows transform the entire space from a beautiful enclosed facility to an outdoor dining experience at a moment’s notice.
Bal Harbour Shops caters to an international clientele attracted to its specialty stores and designer boutiques which feature the most coveted brands in the world. A February 2014 press release from the mall’s ownership, Whitman Family Development, stated that Bal Harbour Shops is the most productive shopping center in the world when measured by sales per square foot of space.
The Grill at Bal Harbour occupies 6,400 sq. ft. of the shopping center’s second floor.
“Architecturally the space had a ‘bird’s nest perch’ quality to it which was enhanced using the large winged roof overhang and the wrap-around operable glazing system”, says Patel. He describes the windows as simple and mid-century modern lines with steel rolled sections and maximum glazing to make the building as transparent as possible.
According to Hillstone, the intent of this project was to bring a dining experience appropriate in nature to the shopping experience. The restaurant’s exterior view takes in the mall’s lush landscape—including koi ponds and palm trees—while the interior showcases an exhibition kitchen.
“Hope’s relationship with the Hillstone Restaurant Group goes back many years. It is always a pleasure working with their staff to produce a look only attainable utilizing Hope’s steel windows and doors,” says Randy Manitta, President of Hope’s Windows, Inc.
Hope’s Jamestown175 Series steel windows and doors feature hot-rolled, solid steel profiles to achieve the narrowest frame dimensions and maximum glass area producing the best views. Jamestown175 Series windows and doors have been installed in luxury residential and prestigious cultural and commercial projects across the country, including the new University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts complex.
Exterior Photo (top): Kate McBryde of Elle Kaye
Interior Photos: Dencon Architectural, Inc.