Next up in Miami, an afternoon in South Beach with two fantastic buildings. The first is the Miami Beach Convention Center by Fentress Architects. The design was inspired by the natural elements in the area…the ocean, beach, underwater life and particularly, the ocean waves. Definitely apparent in the curviness of the facade. I also feel like there are similarities to the surrounding palm trees.
Onto a few abstracts and the crisscrossing patterns of the exterior fins of the building.
The next stop was about 2 blocks away and the only Frank Gehry design in Florida, The New World Center. This year we organized a private tour of the interiors, which are far more interesting than the exterior. In doing the tour we learned the reason for this is due to the possibility of hurricanes. He kept the exterior a bit more subtle and put his signature mark of the billowing sail-like design for the interiors. Particularly noticeable in the staircase.
And just at the entrance/exit a less abstract detail of the staircase.
There’s also a bar in the lobby with this beautiful, curvy, blue sculptural piece hanging from the ceiling.
We were also treated to the views from the rooftop! I actually had no idea they had an accessible rooftop, so that was a fun surprise. This is for my On the Grid series.
Next week I’ll share images from the rest of the weekend in Miami, including a new building by Zaha Hadid and some great locations in the Brickell District. You can see everything here if you’d rather not wait 😉