“Gateway of the World” Miami International Airport
Miami, FL
2013 Honor Award Winner

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This 32-ft-diameter globe with 6-ft-diameter moon in a recessed floor combine 16 colors with 16 different glass and marble aggregates. The only strips in this well-executed design are the aluminum divider strips used to form the circumferences of the earth and moon. The boundaries of the land masses are formed from precast terrazzo.  The land and the moon were poured and blended to create recognizable features. Details such as the Mississippi and Amazon rivers were cut using a Dremel tool and refilled with terrazzo resin. Sparkling with bits of mirror, depicting twinkling stars, the celestial curtain arcs upward to meet the black walls in an 18” cove base. This stunning terrazzo installation captures the attention of travelers with its beauty and realism.

Architect:
McHarry Associates
Miami, FL

Designer/Artist:
Miami Dade Airport Authority
Miami, FL
Vickie Wilson
Garner, NC

Terrazzo Contractor:
David Allen Company
Raleigh, NC

General Contractor:
Parsons – Odebrecht, J.V.
Miami, FL

Owner:
Miami Dade Airport Authority
Miami, FL

Resin Supplier:
Terrazzo & Marble Supply

Aggregate Suppliers:
Southern Aggregates
Terrazzo & Marble Supply

Divider Strips Supplier:
National Metal Shapes

Photographer:
David Laudadio

The National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, Inc. is a full service Non-Profit Trade Association headquartered in Fredericksburg, Texas. The Association establishes national standards for all Terrazzo floor and wall systems and provides complete specifications, color plates and general information to architects and designers at no cost.


National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association
PO Box 2605
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
830-856-2827
Fax: 888.362.2770
info@ntma.com