Visiting and photographing 1111 Lincoln Road was one of the most enjoyable moments of my Miami trip
The gentle movement of vines in the breeze, growing from the railing of the apartment above
The genius of using common building materials as art
Alchemist, a must-visit store if you are in Miami Beach, like a fashion monastery
The many setbacks and ceiling height changes
The views of Miami Beach and beyond are spectacular
Hints of the residence above
Even the lighting embedded in the ceiling is artfully installed
The stairs to the developer’s residence above
Unbelievable as it sounds (and trust me it gets even better), the most important new architectural landmark in Miami Beach is a parking garage. Designed by one of the leading architecture firms in the world, Herzog & de Meuron, the structure is humble compared to some of their most famous commissions: The Tate Modern and Beijing National Stadium (aka the birdcage).
The brainchild of developer Robert Wennett, the parking structure can also be rented for events – marriages have taken place there. On the fifth floor is Alchemist, the best clothing store in Miami, occupying one of the most amazing retail spaces anywhere. And one more thing, the developer built himself an apartment on the roof. You would struggle to find a more versatile, imaginative and dramatic solution to seemingly mundane usage requirements.