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Bus shelters created by Ferrari designer coming to Miami Beach

The city of Miami Beach expects to construct as many as 300 bus shelters designed by Italian firm Pininfarina, starting next year
September 02, 2018 04:30PM

Pininfarina-designed bus shelters are coming to Miami Beach (Credit: Miami Herald)

Style-conscious Miami Beach has decided that even its humble bus shelters need an updated look.

So, the city government has hired a bus-shelter design team that includes Pininfarina, an Italian firm famous for designing Ferraris.

The city of Miami Beach named Fort Lauderdale-based Acai Associates as the architect for the bus-shelter project, and Acai hired Pininfarina as designer.

Pininfarina has designed about 200 Ferrari models, including some that sell at seven-figure prices.

Sotheby’s has listed for sale a 2015 Ferrari designed by Pininfarina with a $3 million asking price.

Miami Beach is working with a smaller budget to install updated bus shelters around town.

The city expects to spend about $500,000 to procure as many as 300 new bus shelters. Construction is scheduled to start in 2019.

The Pininfarina-designed bus shelters will have colored roof panels that produce kaleidoscopic light patterns on sunny days.

The new shelters also will be equipped with arrival-time displays and solar panels that produce power for shelter lighting at night. [Miami Herald]Mike Seemuth