miami: parhelia

© swarovski / photography: steve benisty

swarovski crystal palace adds up to the current buzz in miami with a striking showcase of its own. it has team up with acclaimed london-based architect asif khan who crafted an experimental architectural installation that makes use of the emotive medium of cut crystal. called parhelia, the installation is presented at design miami/ and has an interesting scientific edge. it has been developed in collab with the university of manchester to to gain a further understanding of ice halos, and khan and his team actually managed to create the planet's first indoor ice halo. the swarovski crystal palace installation is very much an experiment of architecture and nature, and one that offers an immersive experience. khan’s design incorporates over 1.3 million swarovski crystals in an architectural structure nearly 20 feet high. the piece features a dramatic façade featuring crystallized halos that appear to follow visitors as they move through the exhibition space. once inside the structure, they'll see an infinitely reflected crystalline interior. a skylight within the structure allows natural light to interact with khan’s design, thereby creating a dynamic visual display that'll change throughout the day and into the evening [on through dec 9]. location: meridian avenue + 19th street [miami beach].

© swarovski / photography: steve benisty