The public lobby is a multi-leveloutdoor condition with overlooking views of W. Flagler Street, intended toprovide students & faculty with a temporary release from their busyschedules. The multi-level studios arecontained within the East Wing and West Wing, respectively. These are located within the top floors,taking full advantage of the strong breezes, natural light, and excellent viewsof Downtown Miami. Also, the large curtainwalls of the studios are protected from direct sunlight by a grate metal meshalong the exterior facade of the building, significantly reducing heatgain. Additionally, the top floor isshaded by a wrapping trellis condition, allowing for outdoor activities at alltimes. Photo-voltaic panels areinstalled on 70% of the roof area producing a considerable percentage of thebuilding’s energy requirements. In all,the CARTA Downtown proposal implements a holistic approach to a creativedesign.