Few cities are sexier than Miami. It’s not just the beaches and the babes that make this ocean side oasis hot, it’s also the buildings that are the foundation of this sunny city. Miami’s first great love affair with architecture came in the 1940s and 50s with the Art Deco movement. Then came the minimalist “MiMo”—Miami Modern Architecture—style of the 50s and 60s. And now we’ve entered the area of the starchitect. But it’s this melding of different styles, cultural references and materiality that make Miami’s skyline so seductive. Below, we’ve singled out our favorite structures, guaranteed to make you coo.
111 Lincoln Road
Leave it to star architects Herzog & de Meuron to make a parking garage sexy. This open air structure also doubles as an event space. “All muscle without cloth,” is how the architects interpret Miami Beach, and they used this sentiment as inspiration for the light-filled spaces.
The Raleigh Miami Beach Pool
Nothing is quite as lush as this palm-lined Art Deco homage; which is rounded off with cabana boys and signature cocktails. The Raleigh Miami Beach’s iconic pool, designed by L. Murray Dixon has curves in all the right places, just like the bathing beauties that have basked here throughout the decades.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
An underrated Miami attraction, Vizcaya was once the estate and villa of business baron James Deering. Often dubbed the “Hearst Castle of the East” this romantic marble and limestone palace sits on the waterfront evoking a Venetian air, surrounded by labyrinth-like gardens and subtropical forest.
Pérez Art Museum Miami
Still fresh from ribbon cutting, the newly opened Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) boasts vertical gardens and light filled spaces to exhibit art, with the goal of bringing “the park into the museum.” Three years in the making this provocative structure looks as good illuminated at night, as it does by day, reflecting Miami’s blue skies.
SLS LUX Brickell
When it’s complete in 2016, the SLS LUX Brickell, a hotel and residential experience, will boast sensuous curved corners, light sculptures that create kinetic works of art, and a facade conceived as a complete urban art installation. Dubbed the “Rockefeller Center of Miami,” the 55-story building will be recognizable as a stunning addition to the city’s evolving skyline.