Sunday, September 26, 2010

Inspiring Miami Architecture

Miami is a home for innovation and brilliance in architecture. 

Miami Beach contains the largest concentration of 1930's Art Deco architecture in the world. The Colony Hotel is an iconic Moderne Style Art Deco structure, and I find it to be extremely captivating, utilizing all design principles and elements. Modern transportation and industrial design had an enormous impact on construction during the 1930’s to 1940’s. The streamlined character of airplanes, trains or boats inspired design compositions. Its vertical component represents a mast of a boat. Nautical themes show this form to be true to Miami. 

Miami Modernist Architecture, also known as MiMo, is a style of architecture that originated in Miami from the 1950's and 1960's. Prime examples include the Fontainebleau Hotel and Eden Roc by architect Morris Lapidus. 

The Bicardi Building built in 1963 in Wynwood is my favorite example of MiMo architecture. The tower is built of reinforced concrete with two huge ceramic tile murals applied to the structure. It is done in traditional Spanish colors of blue and white.

(The Bacardi tower next to its smaller building represents scale, the building appears taller and larger when measured against the smaller surroundings.)

Villa Regina is a colorful high-rise apartment building in Miami painted by artist Yaacov Agam. He was hired to make it look like one of his 3D paintings. 

(The exterior has a rainbow of colored paint applied to its exterior which catches the eye). 

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, designed by distinguished architect Cesar Pelli, occupies 570,000 square feet and takes up two sides of Biscayne Boulevard, connected by a bridge. I drive by this beautiful landmark every day! I took this photograph on my way to class - isn't it a beauty!

(The building has horizontal and diagonal lines which give a feeling of repose and movement. The vertical lines add height to the architectural structure)

Some other photographs I took of inspiring Miami architecture:

(The building shows a transitional rhythm where curved lines carry the eye easily over the wave-like architectural element)

(The circular atrium to the sky is the dominant area in the exterior of the Miami 500 Brickell residence)

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