Enhanced by more than 300,000 square feet of tony shops and the trendy Treats Food Hall, the new Aventura Mall is a world apart, a state of mind, the capital of Kardashia.
But it is also, now, a place of down-to-earth whimsy.
“I have long asked what would be the result of sliding if it was part of the daily routine? Can slides become part of our experiential and architectural life?” That is renowned artist Carsten Höller, the man responsible for the most dramatic feature of the mall’s new wing, the Aventura Slide Tower, a nearly 93-foot-tall spiral work that is both a towering landmark and, yes, a functional slide.
“The emotional state created by traveling down...