While mostly known for sunny beaches and a welcoming climate, it turns out that Miami is undergoing a serious architecture boom these days. Modern buildings in any shape or size imaginable are filling out this quickly-growing city’s skyline and adding a bit of extra flavor to the already diverse area. Is Miami the new US Architecture Capital? Take a look:
Ignacio Carrera Justiz’s Bacardi Building was built in the early seventies to house the recently-immigrated rum manufacturer who fled Cuba in the 60’s due to government oppression. They couldn’t have asked for a better home, as the iconic hammered glass murals have since become one of the most prized elements of Miami’s cityscape. So much so that the building was just designated a historic site.
Oppenheim architecture introduced the first sustainable mixed-use condo in Miami, with their unique COR building. The most distinctive thing about the structure is its Swiss-cheese like appearance, though the abundance of holes in the building’s exterior are for more than just aesthetic appeal. They actually contain some of the most advanced wind turbines available, which are used to power the building’s residential and commercial resident’s needs.
Looking to the rest of the world’s cities, Miami realized that they needed a top notch park for locals and visitors alike to enjoy. West8’s Soundscape Park fit the bill perfectly, offering plenty of shade, unique sculptural elements, and audio visual programming. Perhaps the most distinctive element are the aluminum pergolas, which draw their inspiration from Southern Florida’s abundance of cumulous clouds.
Florida International University lays its own claim to local architecture with its popular Stempel Complex. Designed by Perkins + Will architects, the stark white campus incorporates gently curving exteriors butted up against jagged, disjointed elements to create a singularly unique visual identity. Recently nominated for the People’s Choice Award for Florida architecture, there is no question that this building has earned a special place in the hearts of many locals.