Miami is one of the most beautiful and exciting city of America. The streets are filled with diverse culture, music and food, at every corner of Miami. The magic city is famous for its Art Deco architecture, and it is not surprising that the U.S. host city of Art Basel Miami Beach has a vibrant cultural scene. In between sunbathing, swimming and sipping cocktails, check off these 10 essential experiences as well.
:: 1 :: Villa Vizcaya Museum & Gardens | Architect(s): Paul Chalfin, Francis Burrall Hoffman &Diego Suarez | Project Year: 1922 | Type: Museum | Address: 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129 | Admission: $18.00, Students $10.00| Website: vizcaya.org
International Harvester Vice President James Deering was not unusual in building a Florida winter home in the early 1900s. Like many “snowbirds” today, he was attracted to the warm weather and hoped it would improve his health. The planning and construction of Vizcaya lasted over a decade, from 1910 to 1922. Deering modeled his estate after a centuries’-old Italian country villa.
:: 2 :: New World Center & Miami Soundscape | Architect(s): Gehry Partners & West 8 | Project Year: 2011 | Type: Cultural Center | Address: 500 17th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | Admission: $5 Guided Tour | Website: www.nws.edu
Located in the heart of Miami Beach, the music education and performance facility is the first purpose-built home for the New World Symphony founded by artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas. In terms of design the building’s exterior portrays a quiet, almost tamed Frank Gehry. The rectangle shaped white building expresses Gehry’s well known bends and folds within its interior – glimpses of which are visible through the main entrance east facade 80 foot high glass curtain wall. The Lincoln Park (Miami Soundscape) is part of the New World Symphony Campus and strives to establish a new precedent for parks in the City of Miami Beach.
:: 3 :: 1111 Lincoln Road | Architect(s): Herzog & de Meuron | Project Year: 2010 | Type: Parking Garage| Address: 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA | Admission: $18.00, Student $10.00| Website: www.1111lincolnroad.com
The Herzog & de Meuron–designed 1111 Lincoln Road—quite possibly the world’s most glamorous parking garage—houses upscale retail on the ground level, and the seventh floor acting as an event center. It is an open-air structure with no exterior walls constructed around buttresses and cantilevers that features floor heights varying from 8 to 34 feet. Robert Wennett, the proprietor built a penthouse apartment for himself as part of a 18,000-square-foot (1,700 m2) space on the structure’s roof that also features a pool and gardens with hanging vines. The garage has become a destination for architects and photographers interested in its innovative design.
:: 4 :: Art Deco Street on Ocean Drive | Architect(s): Many | Project Year: 1920’s | Type: Urbanism | Address: 1001 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Beach is young by most city standards but its Art Deco District—containing more than 800 buildings dating from the 1920s to the ’40s—has made it onto the National Register of Historic Places. Take a walk along Ocean Drive and enjoy the beautiful scenery of ocean on one side and the spectacular architecture on the other side. The fanciful pastel buildings, with porthole windows, ship-like railings, sleek curves, glass blocks, shiny chrome, and gleaming terrazzo floors are prime eye candy. Within walking distance, heavenly, mouthwatering sandwiches awaits you at La Sandwicherie.
:: 5 :: Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach | Architect(s): Kenneth Treister| Project Year: 1990 | Type: Memorial | Address: 1933-1945 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | Admission: Free | Website: holocaustmemorialmiamibeach.org
Kenneth Treister has said, “I was commissioned in 1985 to design and sculpt a memorial to the memory of the Jewish culture and individuals destroyed by the Holocaust; to create a memorial garden that would give survivors and those who lost loved ones a place to visit in lieu of the cemetery they do not have; and to express, in photographs and sculpture, the history and sorrow of the Holocaust so future generations will never forget.”
:: 6 :: Wynwood Art District | Artist(s): Many | Type: Urban Art | Address: 2520 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 | Admission: Free | Website: thewynwoodwalls.com/
Converted warehouses and decaying urban structures have become canvases for Miami street artists, whose masterpieces can be seen all over the Wynwood Arts District. It’s more than graffiti, with murals spanning multiple blocks and taking months to complete. Some of the neighborhood’s most lauded pieces are on view at the Wynwood Walls, an outdoor gallery created by the late real estate developer Tony Goldman. Start your morning sipping cappuccinos at Panther coffee Wynwood, the utmost of cool but low profile hang outs where locals, hipsters and artists spend their mornings. The coffee is ground on the premises sending wafts of coffee scented air around you and the sunny terrace is the perfect place to start the day.
:: 7 :: Lincoln Road Mall | Architect(s): Morris Lapidus | Project Year: 1950’s | Type: Commercial | Address: Lincoln Rd Mall, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | Website: lincolnroadmall.com
Designed by iconic architectural guru Morris Lapidus in the 1950s, Lincoln Road Mall was once dubbed the “Fifth Avenue of the South,” though it’s now commonly referred to as “Lincoln.” Endless sidewalk coffee shops, lounges and cultural venues stretch along its length from Washington Avenue to Alton Road; additional fountains and public areas are planned as part of Lincoln Road’s forthcoming $20 million facelift, slated to begin in late 2015. Cap off an afternoon of shopping at the best stores and boutiques with a fancy cappuccino at the Nespresso Boutique, or a desert at Ladurée with a side of people-watching at any restaurant along the Lincoln Road.
:: 8 :: Pérez Art Museum Miami | Architect(s): Herzog & de Meuron | Project Year: 2013 | Type: Museum | Address: 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 | Admission: $16.00, Students $12.00| Website: www.pamm.org
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, offers 200,000 square feet of programmable space for the display of works of art, educational activities, relaxation and dining. Working with local and international landscape designers and horticulturists, the architects use this space to “bring the park into the museum” in new and innovative ways.
:: 9 :: Casa Casuarina (Versace Mansion) | Architect(s): Alden Freeman | Project Year: 1930 | Type: Hotel | Address: 1116 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | Website: vmmiamibeach.com
The house was built in 1930 in Mediterranean Revival style. In 1992 it was purchased by Fashion Designer, Gianni Versace to become his residence in South Beach. He restored and expanded the building by adding a south wing and a pool. Versace completely redecorated it. On July 15, 1997 Versace was killed in front of this house by Andrew Cunanan. The Mansion now operates as a hotel, restaurant and event location.
:: 10 :: Miami Beach Botanical Garden | Architect(s): Raymond Jungles| Project Year: 2011 | Type: Museum | Address: 2000 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | Admission: Free | Website: www.mbgarden.org
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is a 2.6-acre urban greenspace in Miami Beach, Florida founded in 1962. It was transformed in 2011 with a $1.2 million landscape renovation designed by South Florida landscape architect Raymond Jungles. The new landscape showcases native Florida plants and trees including bromeliads, palms, cycad, orchids and many others. There is a Japanese garden, native garden and bio-swale, and water gardens including ponds, fountains, and a wetland with mangrove and apple trees. The renovation also expanded the Great Lawn area for corporate and social events, established a plant nursery and event plaza, and enhanced the night-time lights, entrance gate, and pathways.