My third and last architectural visit in Miami, I was happy to see 1111 Lincoln Road- another Herzog & de Meuron piece. This particular building I have known about for some time and would make a trip to Miami just for it alone. I have been fascinated by the concept of an open air garage- the only other one I can think of is the “beehive” towers of Chicago aka Marina City.
There are few other American cities that invest in architecture as a part of its culture. New York and Chicago being the other two others that I would add to the the list which now also includes Miami. I mean, who spends money to design a parking garage?!
While I enjoyed the building from the ground level, I knew it would be all about the view.
I planned a dinner with friends as an excuse to visit and the timing around sunset could not have been better. The restaurant located on top of the garage, Juvia, is well worth the visit if for the view alone. Most people don’t think to head to the top level of the garage.
I loved all the in between spaces- every single part of this building is thoroughly thought through and considered. That level of detail is a rare commodity, perhaps reminiscent in only the greats- like Frank Lloyd Wright.
I was happy to get a glimpse of the building at night. Its hard to make it to a building during various hours of the day.
Herzog & de Meuron did not let me down and I understand now why all the hype when it was completed. I hope to continue to visit their work on my continued travels.
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