On my journey to Miami, I did a lot of research- A LOT. From planning for Miami Music Week to where to eat, it was a bucket list trip. I already knew that I wanted to see the infamous garage by Herzog and de Meuron- little did I know Miami would be a wealth of amazing architecture.
Included in that list of buildings was Vizcaya. I planned part of my stay to be close to Vizcaya as its a decent clip from South Beach, where we were planning to stay for the rest of the trip. I woke up early the day after arriving on a delayed flight through Ft. Lauderdale and headed out, a bit unsure of whether it was worth all the hype. It was my first hit for the day.
It was amazing. Like other historically preserved buildings (like the castle in Sintra) Vizcaya demonstrates how much architecture is a symbol of culture and more importantly, power and wealth.
The best part was the location- right on the water, with a Venetian style port in the back.
The courtyard (now covered) would provide outdoor space with some comfort from the summer heat I imagine.
Depth and transition of spaces is always something that I look for in building. Interestingly, the plan is not fully symmetrical with only one main staircase, rather than one opposite as well.
These types of houses of the early 20th century, prior to modern day construction techniques, are a testament to the craftsmanship that still existed in an age now passed. Vizcaya is completely worth the visit.
Website: Vizcaya website
Address: 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129