Thursday, April 21, 2011

Miami Design District

DC had its first taste of summer today, with highs in the 80s. It reminded me of the time Heather and I spent recently exploring the Miami Design District.

Outdoor restaurants abound. While we didn't eat at Martinez, seen above, it definitely seemed popular and a beautiful place to enjoy the weather!

Christian Louboutin, rather than fill the store with orchids, decided to decorate the exterior with a living wall.

Oh to live in a semi-tropical climate; this took our breathe away!Another outdoor restaurant; Modernism seems to fit this warm climate much better than in the North, don't you think?I loved this one group of buildings which appeared to be painted concrete. Early modernism inspired by neoclassicsm; one of my architectural weaknesses!Surrounded by tall, shaded arcades, the buildings provide the perfect place to window shop out of the sun's glare.While in Miami, definitely take the time to check out this revitalized area: remember to bring your wallets for all of the great shopping!


David Toms said...

I have always wanted tto visit Miami for the architecture alone! That living wall is just stunning!

Karena said...

I haven't ben to Miami for some time and I like the changes you have shown Stefan!

It is a very exciting city!

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RSA Now said...

A living wall, what a fantastic idea!

The Devoted Classicist said...

An orchid covered facade must be one of the best storefronts ever!

Terry said...

I have to keep in mind: all this in winter time.

Hels said...

Were any old Deco buildings pulled down for the modern ones? Perhaps the modern buildings that you photographed were built on previously empty land.

Jane Kilpatrick Schott said...

Great photos of my backyard. Since moving back to Florida this is one design area I really appreciate. It is so close and such a fab place to get the South American and European influences.
I hope you return soon to Miami and we can have lunch
in the District.

Janet said...

Love the Louboutin store. Oh, to have plants grow in spite of themselves. Sigh. Hope you enjoyed the heat yesterday. . .

Renée Finberg said...


i love this post.
i am going down to check these buildings out.

xxx hope all is well